Before deciding on which VPN service to purchase, a potential customer should know all the different reasons why the service might work for some users, but won’t always work for you. This in mind, it is extremely important that you thoroughly scrutinize all the possible options available on the market before shelling your money out to a top VPN service provider.
Why Do People Use a VPN?
Before we go in to further detail on how to go about selecting a good VPN provider, we need to determine why you might need a VPN in the first place. What is the reason you want to use a VPN? Do you simply want to change your IP address to get to a YouTube video, or is there a deeper reason for it? Perhaps you want to hide from government surveillance practices, or secure your connection from third-party advertisers who want to try and sell your personal information off to the highest bidder?
Everyone has their own reasons and we all use VPNs differently, but there is still one common theme that trumps everything else: the ability access the internet with 100% confidence. With all the censorship and geo-restrictions that plague the internet today, users can benefit from using a good VPN provider to bypass such restrictions and to protect their browsing habits from all kinds of cybercriminals big or small.
The most important feature that comes with a VPN is anonymity: as long as the user is connected to the VPN network, he or she is safeguarded from all prying eyes from every corner of the internet.
Are you worried that Big Brother may be spying on you? Use a VPN. Want to access certain geo-blocked websites and services like Netflix and Skype? Use a VPN. Want to break free from government censorship? You guessed it – use a VPN.
Choosing a Reliable VPN Provider
Everyone can benefit from using a VPN service – individuals, businesses, celebrities, the young and the old, VPNs were created for the masses to give them the best option for staying anonymous online.
There are hundreds of VPN services on the market that you can choose from, but be wary because not all VPN providers always offer what they claim upfront. The VPN industry is mostly composed of either new players or simply the unreliable and fraudulent providers. Anyone can easily fall for false promises of shady VPN services, so it’s really up to you to make sure that you are signing up to a legit VPN service before you fork over the cash for your first subscription.
We at Proxy Server are dedicated to protecting your privacy with our service, ProVPN, and promise to never use your data in a way that compromises your personal privacy or digital safety.
Company Location and Logging Policy
The best VPN companies in the market today usually provide key information about two policies that should be on the forefront of your mind when shopping for your next service: where they are located, and which government jurisdictions they comply with. Once you know where the company is located, check whether that government imposes data retention laws or similar regulations before making your final choice.
Ideally, you want a VPN service provider that will not sell you out to the government or other third-party organizations. Always be sure to read the VPN’s terms and conditions and logging policy, and see to it that the VPN company does not record user activities and data – otherwise, you are just putting yourself at greater risk of getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Proxy Server LLC is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. We do not store traffic data, and we try our best to be as transparent as possible so you always know exactly what we’re doing with the minimal amount of data we collect.
Encryption System and Security Features
Although almost all VPN service providers promise the same exact things, in reality they do offer different features. Make sure to check out what encryption system the VPN employs, as you’ll want a service that offers a strong enough encryption algorithm to protect your internet habits from prying eyes. Mind you there are different data encryption methods being used today, and the standard being used by most VPN services is 256-bit AES (which is what ProVPN uses to protect you and our infrastructure).
There are also a wide variety of security protocols to learn about, including the most common: OpenVPN, PPTP, SSTP, and L2TP/IPSec. Depending on your preferences, you should consider a VPN service that supports the widest number of device(s) you plan to use.
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Most VPNs also offer a dedicated client app to ease users in with a smoother and more convenient VPN setup. You should also look for other security features that are useful in boosting your privacy, such as DNS Leak Protection, Killswitch, Tor over VPN server, and a NAT firewall for added security.
As a new player in the industry, Proxy Server LLC is still in the process of designing a reliable killswitch and DNS Leaking Protection features, but we are proud to be one of the few VPNs that do not have an IPv6 leak when connected via an IPv6 address.
Speed, Bandwidth Allocations, and Filesharing Capabilities
If you are using VPN to access streaming websites like Netflix and YouTube, make sure that the VPN you are using offers unlimited speed and bandwidth. Some VPN services limit bandwidth usage so as to be able to sell more bandwidth for additional charges (something ProVPN would never do to you).
When using a VPN, the speed tends to deteriorate due to heavy encryptions in the VPN network. But with a reliable VPN provider like ProVPN, you should not be able to notice the speed drops while connected to the VPN network.
Torrenting and filesharing features are usually not allowed on most VPN services, but fortunately, there are still services like ProVPN that support torrent downloading and won’t charge any extra fees for the privilege.
Number of VPN Servers and Countries Covered
The number of servers that the VPN company offers is crucial in determining its reliability. See to it that the VPN service provider offers a decent number of VPN servers to accommodate most IP address (masking) requests. The more servers the VPN has, the better. ProVPN is a leader in the space of server locations, offering 38 servers located in 25 countries with more being added to the network every single day.
Payment Options and Promo Offers
Of course, you would want a VPN service that will facilitate the payment processor of your choice. Although most VPNs accept major credit cards and PayPal payments, not all users are able to pay through these payment channels. Others prefer Western Union transactions and also Bitcoin. ProVPN currently accepts all major credit cards, and Paypal, with plans to add Bitcoin and other payment options rolling out in the very near future.
Check for promos on offer, too. Many of the VPNs in the market today offer discounted rates on long term subscriptions, and you can take advantage of these promos by opting for an annual signup instead of paying out the nose every month for a service you already know you’re going to use well into the future.
Choose a VPN Wisely!
Choosing the right VPN provider from the get-go is crucial in protecting your privacy in the long run. We hope that this guide will help you find a VPN provider that will work for you, and although our VPN service is still relatively new, we are dedicated (and working really hard) to making it one of the best VPNs in the business. To start you off on the right foot, we’re offering a deal where if you sign up for your PRO VPN plan today, you’ll get your first seven days free of charge!