Never use a free VPN Service. VPNs cost money to maintain and if you are not paying them for the service, then they are making money by selling information about you. There is no such thing as free, and using “free” VPN defeats the purpose of using one.
Not all VPNs are Created Equal.
Contact support and just ask them this question, “Under what conditions will your company provide my personal information to law enforcement, governmental, and/or private agencies?” Also make sure to find out if they log IPs or cache web traffic (neither is desirable).
What VPN Service do I use?
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- If anyone has other service suggestions, please leave them in the comments.
- If you are new to VPNs and would like to learn more about what a VPN is and how it works, you can check out this VPN wiki.
Install Your VPN
Open VPN services will often have a GUI client that you can install which will facilitate your connection to the service. Very little configuration is necessary and the interface is usually self-explanatory. If not, you will need to download the open VPN client provided by OpenVPN.net and configure it using the setup instructions provided by your VPN serivce provider.
PPTP VPNs, on the other hand, require that you configure a new network connection through your operating system. Every operating system is different so I will not go into this process, however, every VPN service provider has a user-friendly setup guide for the most common operating systems.