How To Choose A VPN (2022 Guide) – 5 Tips

How To Choose A VPN (2023 Guide) – 5 Tips

The technique called VPN or Virtual Private Network has become one of the most popular techniques used by many people in our country in recent days. Even though we have no idea what the three letters VPN mean, we have seen how many people resorted to VPN to fulfill their internet needs in recent times.
What is a VPN, and how do we choose a good VPN, today we will discuss it.

What is a VPN?

Simply put, a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a method that allows you to securely connect to the Internet. A VPN is a technique used to increase the security of any internet connection, whether private or public. The necessary facility to exchange one’s data and information more securely on the Internet is provided through a VPN.

To explain with an example,
Think of the highway from your house to the bus stop. Who are the people traveling on that highway, what kind of clothes are they wearing, what vehicles are they using,
You can see any of these things waiting from the side of the road. Now imagine that some company covers a part of that highway with plates or some other way and creates a safe road that cannot be seen from outside. You don’t see people, vehicles, or anything on the side of the road now, do you?
Substituting the example into our real situation, your internet connection is the normal route from your
house to the bus stop. VPN is the secure route made by covering a part of that normal route. And there are other services offered through VPN. Protecting your Internet anonymity, Geo-spoof, or pretending to connect to the Internet from another location by hiding your location, and allowing you to access blocked websites can be achieved with a VPN.

Why choose a good VPN?

A VPN option that many VPN users choose without proper understanding is free VPN or Free VPN. But is this Free VPN secure? You use a VPN because you care about the security of your data, information, and identity. It is essential to be careful about whether your VPN fulfills that need. According to a report published in 2015 by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia’s government agency for scientific research, in the examination of 283 free VPNs on the Google Play Store, 84% of those VPNs did not protect user IP addresses. It is also mentioned that 66% of VPNs do not protect users’ internet login information and 16% of VPNs steal users’ bandwidth.
The report also stated that another 18% do not encrypt the data and information passing through VPNs. Encrypting data and information is one of the most basic tasks to be performed by a VPN.
But not fulfilling even that basic requirement means, you understand the seriousness here.

Fraudulent things like selling the data of users who use their VPN service to other parties, automatically directing users to their sister websites, stealing users’ bandwidth, and selling it to other parties are also regularly done by fraudsters who provide Free VPNs. Many Free VPN providers cover their expenses in this way. Therefore, do not become a victim of such scammers or thieves, think about these points when choosing a VPN.

Safety first

May I ask you a question? If you need to create a tunnel, do you create it with a mix of soil and water, or with a concrete mix? You know the answer. A VPN is no different. The security of a VPN also depends on the security mechanisms it has designed. When you choose a VPN, you should pay special attention to its security protocol. Pay particular attention to whether your VPN provider uses OpenVPN, SSTP, or at least L2TP/IPsec technology. Of these, Open VPN is ahead in terms of security. If the VPN you are using works under PPTP technology, it is best to get rid of it now.

Privacy is also important

Many people behave online without revealing their identity. This is why it is extremely important to get service from a VPN service provider that protects your privacy. Our recommendation is to choose a VPN that does not keep traffic logs of its users and does not hand over user details to other parties for any reason.

Deliverable capacity

It is also very important to be aware of how much bandwidth the VPN gives you. Although users are not fully aware of this fact, it is something that many VPN service providers do to stop the VPN service in the middle after the bandwidth provided is exhausted. Therefore, it is necessary to get a good understanding of the VPN service provider’s rules and regulations to avoid such inconveniences. Also, if you can, find out how many servers the VPN service provider has, or if they provide their service through a large network (such as Amazon AWS). The more servers they have, the more qualified they are.

Beware of roadies

Many scammers are offering VPN services. As we mentioned earlier, if you allow them to use their VPN, they sell your data and information to other parties and do other fraudulent activities. Therefore, before choosing a VPN, it is important to always check the information about the VPN service provider. You can easily get information about it on the internet.

Don’t buy free VPN s

Our recommendation is not to use free VPN services. Providing a VPN service incurs some operating costs. If someone is offering the service for free, the VPN service provider will likely sell their users’ information to other parties to meet their expenses. This information can include not only your email addresses, passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and social network information, but even your photos. The seriousness of the situation is clear to you now.

It’s important to use a VPN to stay safe online. But if you use a VPN, be aware of it and use it.

sanjana shamal sandanayaka
sanjana shamal sandanayaka

undergraduate BSc (Hons.) Software Engineering
Studies at Birmingham city university

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