5 Things to Look for in a VPN Service
NOV 01, 2017 17:53 PM
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5 Things to Look for in a VPN Service

 
by Anna Johansson
 
There are plenty of tasks more fun than looking for a virtual private network (VPN), but few tasks are more important. If you’re going to invest in a VPN, you have to take the time to find the one that’s right for you. Just as the wrong choice can set you back, the right choice can set you on the path to success.
 
Look for These 5 Things
 
In today’s hostile cybersecurity environment, having the right VPN is more important than ever. It allows you to connect to the internet and safely conduct business without compromising information and data. As you search for the right VPN service for your needs, keep the following in mind:
 
1. Price
Let’s start with what is perhaps the most practical factor you have to consider: cost. While the price of a VPN service shouldn’t be the only thing you consider, it’s certainly something to think about. Having said that, you don’t want to cheap out here. 
 
Take ExpressVPN is an example. It’s one of the more expensive options on the market, but it’s also considered one of the most trustworthy. In other words, you usually get what you pay for.
 
2. Trustworthiness
Sometimes the choice between two similar products can be somewhat arbitrary, but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to a VPN. Not only does the product itself matter, but so does the provider. All of the technical factors can satisfy your demands, but if you can’t trust the provider, then it’s all irrelevant. 
 
Everything that a VPN service provider does for you – such as protecting you from eavesdropping – they can potentially do to you. In other words, they could technically track your activities and movements online and access the data you’re exchanging. Having said that, you need to scrutinize who you work with and choose a trustworthy provider.
 
3. Jurisdiction
When thinking about trustworthiness and integrity, it’s also smart to consider the jurisdiction in which the VPN service is incorporated and operated from. Why does this matter? Well, there’s rather serious legislation in many countries – including the US, UK, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries – which can force VPN providers to conduct surveillance on behalf of the government. If you want to step out from underneath this cloud, you’ll need to avoid VPN providers in these countries. 
 
4. Features
What sort of features does the VPN provider offer? For example, do they offer a mobile app that lets you access and connect to the service from a mobile device? Almost every competitive VPN offers some type of mobile application these days, but do your research and make sure you know what you’re getting ahead of time.
 
5. Compatibility 
Finally, take compatibility into account. Are you planning on using your VPN on a specific operating system? Some only operate on certain systems – such as Mac or Windows – while others can easily be used with a variety of options. Then there’s the issue of whether things like peer-to-peer file transfers are supported and how easy it is to connect to different programs you use.
 
Don’t Rush Into Anything
At the end of the day, patience needs to be one of the first words in your vocabulary. It’s easy to settle when searching for a VPN service, but you need to be absolutely sure that you’re selecting the one that’s right for you. Take your time and don’t make a rash decision. Even if it takes you a bit longer to find a reliable option, the wait will be well worth it.
 
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