A VPN Download To Give You Confidence
Before looking at my recommendation for your VPN download, here's an introduction
to what VPN can do for you...
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. The technology is based on special protocols, called tunneling protocols, to connect to a VPN server. These tunnels employ sophisticated encryption to ensure security and prevent any intentional or unintentional interception of data.
VPN Download... What to Look For
- Through its tunneling and encryption protocols, VPN services secure your internet connection on non-secured networks. Connecting to networks you have no control over, such as WiFi hotspots, is risky because your online traffic can easily be intercepted by hackers operating on the same network. The interception can include websites you are visiting as well as usernames/passwords used to login to websites.
Look for a VPN download that offers a choice of VPN protocols, such as SSL (also known as Open VPN), PPTP or L2TP/IPSec. If you're not sure what these terms mean, take a look at my article An Explanation of How VPN Works.
- Using VPN, you surf anonymously -- your online identity, in the form of an 'IP address', is also hidden. Your IP address is your identification to the rest of the online world and notifies recipients and websites of your physical location and which ISP you are using.
Look for VPN services that allow you to switch IP addresses as you wish or at specified intervals.
- Use a VPN server in another country to bypass any geographic restrictions... some websites may restrict content to specific countries when you are away from your home country and some sites are blocked entirely, such as music and video sites due to country specific license agreements.
Look for a VPN download that offers a large number of servers located across the world
. This is particularly important if you live in a country that employs internet censorship or where there is known government eavesdropping.
- A word of caution about connecting to a VPN server in another country. The closer you are to your VPN server locations, the less the chance you'll experience speed loss. So where possible, connect to the home country VPN server nearest to you.
Using a VPN, there can be a delay associated with the encryption/decryption process and the loading, due to demand, on the VPN server you are linked to. This depends an awful lot on the service you purchase.
Look for a VPN download service that has no effect, or minor impact, on your standard internet speed.
- What happens if you're not happy with your VPN service, particularly if you find that your connectivity slows down significantly? Before you buy, look for a VPN download that offers you a free trial or money-back guarantee.
So, Which VPN to Use?
There are a number of good VPN download services that you can select, but to save you the bother of searching and evaluating, I have already tried and tested a number of providers, such as, Strong VPN, WiTopia, Ace VPN, CyberGhost VPN and many secure web proxies, such as GhostSurf.
There are 3 VPNs to choose from...
1. HideMyAss! Pro VPN
My advice would be to try Hide My Ass! Pro VPN
. There are a number of reasons for this recommendation based on my criteria above...
- Hide My Ass! (HMA!) is competitively priced. You can subscribe monthly, half yearly or annually. There is currently 43% off an annual subscription at $6.55/month -- amazing value!!
- If you are dissatisfied in any way during your first 30 days of use, you have a no-quibble money-back guarantee.
- HMA! is compatible with both Windows and Macs and there are no bandwidth restrictions.
- Operation is simple... you download a control panel, select the VPN server you want from 51 countries, select 'Open', 'L2PT', or 'PPTP' VPN (you have the choice) and then connect!
- As I mentioned above, any noticeable slow down is rare in loading or connecting to websites as HMA! has load balancing on their servers. This means that if a particular VPN server routes a high traffic load and speed is affected, you are advised to switch to an alternative server in the same or near location... brilliant!
- Included in the subscription is anonymous email, IP:Port Proxies, privacy software and file upload.
If you'd like to know more about Pro VPN, see my article about Hide My Ass! VPN download
or go direct to the Hide My Ass! website
2. Hotspot Shield Elite
You can also use, Hotspot Shield Elite
, which is much cheaper than HideMyAss! but only has servers in 3 countries
. You can take a Free Trial before committing
If you don't want to commit to paying until you are convinced VPN is for you and you don't want to give the above free trials a go, then Proxify SSL Tunnel
is for you! Just click on the link and enter the website you wish to access -- your connection is encrypted and anonymous.
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Other VPN Articles
- An Explanation of How VPN Works
- The Features and Benefits to You of Hide My Ass! VPN Service
- When and What To Use As A Free VPN Service