Ever since the FCC derailed net neutrality, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have gone viral. Now more than ever before, individuals and businesses understand what they are, how they work, and why we all need them. A VPN encrypts your data from one point to another: protecting your privacy when you’re online, giving users encrypted access to their business network when offsite, shielding their browsing from Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and even hiding information from cell phone providers (they track, too!). Many people now realize a VPN is an absolute must in certain situations (such as on public WiFi). However, how do you wade through all of the options out there and choose a responsible provider?
Understand the following and you’ll know what to watch out for:
- Free is bad news! If you’re looking to download a VPN app for your phone and choose from a free option in the app store, you’re in trouble. If they’re not charging you a fee, they’re going to make money some other way. Most likely, they’ll do it by selling your data to the highest bidder. Private Tunnel provides security for a low monthly fee and has an excellent user interface on the software you need, whether it’s PC, Mac or mobile. And we won’t sell your information.
- Ask questions! Go to the VPN’s website and see if you can chat with someone or receive help. Can you reach out to them through social media? A chat bot? User forums? Choose a provider that gives you the ability to ask questions and provides transparent answers. We work hard to respond through social media (like our active Twitter account), and provide 24/7 support on our site with Live Chat.
- Choose a responsible company. What do you know about the people behind the VPN you’re considering? Private Tunnel is built on the legacy of OpenVPN, downloaded by millions of people and businesses worldwide and used by IT and Fortune 500 Companies. We’re not bragging when we say that our open source VPN protocol, built into Private Tunnel, is the de-facto standard for privacy. It’s simply the award-winning truth. We’re proud of our team and we’re committed to our mission of helping the good guys win the cyber war.
Finally, review the four critical protocols outlined by OpenVPN CEO Francis Dinha in his Forbes article “Why The Wrong VPN Is More Dangerous Than No VPN”: review their reputation, determine your standards, factor in the cost and look for full-scale implementation.
As Dinha says, “Not all data protection and online security measures are created equal. Doing nothing is a terrible risk, but adding the wrong protection may be even worse—you’ll have opened the proverbial Pandora’s Box.” A VPN is a powerful tool for your cyber security toolbox, but it can also hurt you. Make sure you’re aligning yourself with a reputable provider and you’ll be on the side of the good guys. Feel free to test drive Private Tunnel with a free, 7-day trial today.