VPN Service Review

Users have a huge choice when it comes to VPN providers. New VPN providers are popping up every day as the demand for VPN services increases, largely due to increasing awareness of how governments everywhere are ignoring internet users’ right to privacy. People in countries such as China and Iran have been using VPNs for a long time to bypass their governments’ censorship and prevent spying. Fundamental liberties are now coming under increasing attack even in the so-called ‘free’ world.
Proposed legislation such as the United Kingdom’s Communications Data Bill (a.k.a. ‘the Snoopers’ Charter’), or the United States’ Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) are intended to grant these governments far-reaching and unprecedented access to their citizens online activities. This would include every site visited and every e-mail message sent. The entertainment industry also has plans (fully backed by many governments) to hunt down file-sharers and bring them to trial, employing ‘copyright trolls’ to threaten suspected file-sharers in the hope of extracting money from them. When you add this all up, it’s no wonder so many internet users are looking to VPNs as a way of protecting their privacy online.
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While the reasons for using a VPN are clear and straightforward, selecting the right one can prove difficult. When deciding whether or not to use a particular VPN service, you should ask these important questions:
  1. Does the VPN provider keep logs? If the answer is ‘Yes’, you should steer well clear. If the answer is ‘No’, this is a good sign.
  2. Which features and policies are in place to safeguard their users’ privacy and anonymity?
  3. Does the VPN provider permit torrent P2P torrent downloading? (This only matters if you want to use P2P file-sharing).
  4. Are their servers located in useful places to you? Will they let you unlock geographically restricted sites?
  5. Is the service offered at a fair price?
  6. Is the service straightforward and easy to use?
  7. Does the VPN provider offer helpful and accessible customer support?
  8. What sort of encryption is used? Anything other than PPTP should be fine. 128-bit encryption will probably exceed your needs.

These are the most important things to consider at the moment. As the market for VPN services changes the list may be revised.