Online banking and watching movies are just some of the many things you can do. It’s never been more important to keep your online activities secure and private. A good VPN can make all the difference. There are many VPNs available and so many settings and features, it can be confusing. We will be looking at how and what to look out for when using a VPN.
How to Choose the Best VPN
Before we go into the details of how to use VPNs, let’s briefly discuss what to look out for. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Both paid and free VPNs: Paid VPNs provide a better service without ads, data caps, or speed restrictions. You also get more features. While there are some free options that can be used, it is more expensive if you are serious about your online security and privacy.
Logs: You want a VPN that does not keep connection logs or activity. Other VPNs may keep connection logs. It depends on whether you are comfortable with this. It should not exceed that.
Location of the VPN: Privacy and data retention laws are also important. It is better to avoid a service that is based on “5 eyes”.
Security: Look for features such as a kill switch, which blocks traffic if the VPN connection drops. Some services also offer advanced features such as anti-malware, obfuscation, and other security features.
Use: Not all VPNs allow you to do what you want. Some don’t offer streaming services and others aren’t P2P-friendly. Many of you may not have servers within your country. You can find out what VPN is needed and filter out the ones that don’t.
Easy to use: While almost all VPN services are very simple, some have fewer features than others. This can be a positive thing. There are many great options for those who just want to connect by clicking a button. You can also access settings and features on many of these apps.
Price: Price is often the most important aspect of choosing something. There are many great options available that are affordable. Many long-term plans come with huge discounts. You may also find special offers and deals.
How to use a VPN: Getting started
Once you have chosen the best VPN service, it is time to register and pay. An email address is required in most cases to create an account. Although most VPN providers will guarantee that your email address is not used for customer service purposes, you might want to create a fake account in order to increase privacy.
Standard payment options, such as credit cards, debit cards, and Paypal are all available. You may be able to use cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Some even allow you to use regional payment wallets and gift cards.
Mullvad VPN service is a VPN that doesn’t require an email address. It also encourages you to use cryptocurrency to pay subscriptions. This allows the service to keep very little information about your personal details.
Downloading Apps –
All good VPN services have apps that work on common operating systems such as Windows, iOS, macOS and macOS. If you require it, check to see if the VPN is compatible with other operating systems such as Linux, iOS, macOS, and game consoles.
You have two options: either download the app first and then go through the registration process, or you can set everything up on the VPN website. Apps for mobile devices will be available on the Google Play Store and App Store. Links to other operating systems and apps should also be easily accessible on the VPN’s site. Sign in, download and install the apps that you require.
Connecting to a VPN Server –
Many apps include a button to connect that you can tap to activate the VPN. The fastest speed and lowest latency will be offered by the server nearest you, or the one chosen by the app. Just tap the button to start immediately.
You may also want to know how you can connect to a VPN server at a particular location. To access streaming services, for example, you need to connect to the right server. P2P is more friendly to some servers and locations than others. VPNs often make clear the purpose of each server location.
ExpressVPN is an example. It chooses the “smart place” (the one with the lowest latency) for you. To view the complete list of servers, tap on “Selected location”. For later access, you can also add favorites to your favorite options.
CyberGhost, a VPN that provides Mods and Intents, takes the guesswork out. The app can be customized to your needs and make the best decision for you. This makes it great for new users.
Setting up and features –
While the settings and features sections may look different, the core concepts remain. You should always look for the kill button in any VPN and make sure you enable it. Although it may be called Network Lock, Internet Kill Switch or something else, the concept is the same. If the VPN connection is lost, this feature will block any Internet activity or traffic.
There is an option to select the VPN protocol, along with OpenVPN (UDP / TCP), L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP. OpenVPN is the best choice. You can also set it to Automatic, and the app will decide. This isn’t always the best option if your VPN supports older protocols like PPTP.
Depending on which service you choose, you may also find advanced features. Some services provide ad protection and malware protection, as well as obfuscation and other advanced features. These features can be found in VPNs such as Surfshark and NordVPN.
Our VPN Recommendations –
Nord as well as Surfshark offer more security features and are among the most affordable VPNs. Although ExpressVPN may be on the higher end of the price scale, I still prefer it for the speed of my connection. Your experience might be different. ExpressVPN is a trusted brand in the virtual private networking industry. It has servers in 94 countries, and 145 locations around the world. ExpressVPN has private servers in Hong Kong, which allows it to avoid GFW.
Cyberghost makes it easy for people who don’t know what VPN is. It categorizes everything, making it very easy to use. They have a large number of servers and great security features such as malware blocking. Although I have had problems with connection speeds in the past this has improved.
You should now be able to use a VPN. Don’t forget to leave your comments