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How to Choose the Best VPN Service

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.

Besides the fact that some are going to be faster or slower than others, companies have to comply with the local laws of the countries they operate in. As a general rule, stay away from services based in the USA because they will give your information up without a fight. Start your search for VPN Providers in countries like Iceland or Sweden where personal liberties and privacy are still well-protected by law. Even if you find a service that looks good, always read the company’s privacy policy before purchasing.

 

What do You do When the Privacy Policy is not Clear Enough?

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?

I have used many great companies, but am currently using the VPN Service provided by VPNtunnel. They are cheap—only 18.00 for 3 months and they have a great privacy policy. If you read between the lines, it tells you exactly how to ensure you are 100% safe. Additionally, VPNtunnel’s easy-to-install graphical user interface (GUI) has an option to receive a new IP address at regular intervals between 5 and 30 minutes which really helps to reduce your internet activity footprint.

 
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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.

 

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