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10 Things You Should Know Before Buying a VPN in 2018

Alan Potts Posted by Alan Potts, CEO, CoachDirectors Limited.

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10 Things You Should Know Before Buying a VPN in 2018

PCMag

If you have been planning to invest in a Virtual Private Network (VPN), its necessary that you equip yourself with the information needed to make the right choice. If you are already an expert in this field and have studied the different aspects, this may help you brush up your knowledge.

Obviously, the market is full of products, each claiming that its offerings are superior to the others. But you need to take a step back and consider all the factors that make a good VPN and then make the right choice.

Read on to know the top ten considerations. They need not be in the same order; however, it will give you a fair idea. If you are still in doubt, there are plenty of tech sites, such as this one, that can offer you advice about specific VPN service providers.

  • Connecting Speed

Any internet connection can only be as good as the speed with which it allows you to browse the web and download and upload images, files or data. It is true that there can a couple of factors outside the scope of the VPN vendor to determine the speed, but depending on what kind of activities you propose to use the connection for, you must insist on comparing the speed.

  • Universal Accessibility

Your VPN service must allow you to access the internet and all the content within it without any restrictions, either in terms of the blocks placed at the destination or the place from which you are trying to establish the connection. Some VPN services out there do have such limitations.

  • Connection Should be Secure

This is another prime factor in determining if the VPN service you are using is indeed the best one. You should be able to feel secure in your privacy while browsing the internet using the VPN you’re subscribed to. Check with the service provider on the special features they have built to ensure the security of the connection.

  • Encryption

Encryption ensures that the communications you have through your VPN network does not fall into the hands of a third party. The end-to-end encryption component is a must-have in the VPN service you buy.

  • Adaptability

A VPN service must allow you to connect on multiple devices. You will always have such a need—whether you’re on a desktop, a laptop, a tablet or a mobile device, all should be able to connect and function equally as fast with the VPN you are going to invest in. And you should be able to connect to all of them simultaneously if required. Check if it is compatible with the different operating systems and browser applications as well.

  • Peer-to-Peer Functionality

Some VPN providers set such limitations that may throttle the bandwidth when you’re trying to use the platform for peer-to-peer sharing. For whatever reason, some networks don’t prefer this and would place some restrictions on the activity. Whether you are in immediate need of such a service or not, you must insist on the service provider enabling this provision on their VPN.

  • Simple to Understand and Use

Some people may consider Virtual Private Networks to be a high-tech service that requires you to possess some expertise in the field. This is a myth. In reality, anyone who regularly uses the internet can benefit from an effective VPN.Your VPN provider should be able to clearly educate you on how to connect the platform and start using the connection without having to input too many details yourself.

  • Dedicated IP

The concept of having a static IP address for your connection is also very critical while using a Virtual Private Network. There are certain services were having an exclusive IP address may become mandatory. Do check with the vendor to confirm that you’ll be allocated an IP address that won’t be changed later. This offers you a stronger sense of security as well.

  • Post-Sales Support

As much as buying a good VPN is important, you have to be sure that the service provider is available to assist you on an ongoing basis. You never know when you may need their support. And if they have a 24/7 customer support, that would be the ideal provider you should choose after having considered all the above factors. Some VPN providers have a lot of information available on their website with a section devoted to frequently asked questions by customers. That also helps.

  • Price

This has been deliberately saved as the last factor to consider when purchasing a VPN. The reason for this is that once the majority of factors listed above are met, you may not hesitate to pay the price being charged by the VPN service provider. Now, while there are several free VPN services available, there is no promise of the quality of service you can expect from a no-cost VPN program. Many key elements dealt with in detail above may be found missing with a free VPN service.

Do spare some moments to check on the cost you will have to shell out to the vendor once you have selected through other criteria. Most VPN providers fix a monthly price for using their service. As mentioned, when the service has all the right elements, the pricing is also slightly higher. Some service providers make it more attractive if you pay a year’s fee upfront.

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On the face of it, selecting the right VPN for your specific application should not pose much of a challenge. The above is only a kind of checklist that you can use to tick the boxes and then arrive at the service that comes closest to being the ideal provider for you.

To help you further with this task, there are several review websites that post detailed user and expert discussions on certain VPN services.Make sure you read through these posts to understand them in the right light.

Having said all this, the final decision should rest with you-you could take a month’s subscription first, evaluate the service’s effectiveness, and then extend the duration if you really like the way it's working.