What Is It & Why Do You Want VPN?
"If you are on the internet in any way, you’ll want to learn more about why you might want to use a VPN service and what you should look for."

When you leave your home there is always the potential of an obstacle existing between you and your destination that you must overcome. Given the current technology, chances are someone knows where you’re going or where you’ve been. The same is true when it comes to your digital devices and not everyone is comfortable with that, so they use VPN services like that provided by NordVPN. If you are on the internet in any way, you’ll want to learn more about why you might want to use a VPN service and what you should look for.

 

WHAT IS VPN?

VPN is the short form for Virtual Private Network. A VPN network from a service provider like NordVPN offers you the capability to stay anonymous when you are using the internet. It encrypts (scrambles) the data (information) sent between your digital device and whatever web site or device you are interacting with. The encryption also prevents others from seeing what you are sending and receiving, thus increasing your privacy.

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HOW DOES IT PROTECT PRIVACY?

Just like your home, your digital devices (smart phones, computers, smart tv, etc..) have an address. When you visit websites or access content on the internet, your IP address is presented to them along with other pieces of information like your ISP (internet service provider).

 

The endpoint (web site you’re visiting) isn’t the only concern you should have. Along the way other intruders may take interest in your data. For example, a hacker could be looking at your unencrypted data trying to find passwords or financial information. Your ISP could also be looking at your data and then use that information to influence how fast your content is served to you, or if it is served at all. Sometimes there are restrictions on content based on your location.

 

ACCESS TO BLOCKED CONTENT

A VPN can assist in overcoming some restrictions placed on content that originates from a different country. Overcoming blocked access can be helpful in many ways. For example, when conducting research for school or work, it would help ensure that you have access to a wider range of online information. It can also be helpful when wanting to access discounts and other purchase offers that may have a different price structure in a country other than your own.

 

A VPN program like NordVPN allows you to select the country from which you would like to connect to, so that you can proceed with your online interactions. If you do that, you want to be certain that the VPN service provider is also safe and reliable.

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HOW DO I CHOOSE A VPN PROVIDER?

Choosing a VPN service provider can get confusing and complicated when you start looking at all the options. It’s easy to look at cost as one of the first criteria, but while it’s important, there are other priorities you should consider. If you search the internet, there are many articles that will give you different opinions on what the most important criteria for selecting a VPN service provider might be. The opinions below aim to focus on three areas:

 

1. Security

2. Return on Investment

3. Interface

 

Privacy Policy

You want to know that the privacy policy offered by the VPN service gives you the protection that you’re seeking in the first place. This includes that they do not record any logs of your online transactions nor retain any type of records. If they do keep any, you’ll want to look for another provider. Any VPN service provider that records or keeps activity logs would make your data susceptible to being exposed if they were hacked. They would also be in a difficult position when it comes to any legal requests for information. A clear VPN policy will outline if they use logs or records. If they do, you may want to find an alternate provider.

 

Service Relationship

It’s important to understand what you’re getting for your money. Some VPN services will have multiple plans and those plans may limit the number of simultaneous connections you can have. For instance, the basic plan may only allow two connections at the same time. If you’re planning on using the VPN service on two tv’s, a mobile device, and computer all at the same time, that plan won’t work for you. Some VPN Services like NordVPN allow up to six devices at any one time, which provides a lot of flexibility, even in a busy household.

 

Utility, Performance, Availability

If you have the most secure product and the one that gets you the greatest number of devices online, it would also be good to enjoy the experience of using it because:

1. It works on all your devices

2. It has an easy-to-use interface, and

3. It is available.

 

Check the list of compatible devices against all the devices you want to install it on. If your devices aren’t listed, it’s an easy choice whether to continue with the current service provider.  

 

Next, if loading the VPN service app is cumbersome or hard to navigate, you probably won’t enjoy using it and that’s enough to cause end of use frustration. The NordVPN service has a nice and easy to use button selection interface across multiple devices. If all you want to do is logon and click connect, you can. If you want to do more advanced functions, you can also easily navigate the settings options.

 

Lastly, it’s equally important that the service does what it says and that is connect you to a VPN service. The number of servers it has becomes irrelevant if you can’t connect to the ones you want to connect to.

 

You can test all these important questions with a service that provides either a free trial or a money-back guarantee.

 

Money-Back Guarantee

If you’re new to the VPN service world, being able to use it without worrying about getting your money back if you don’t like it is an important part of making the purchase. NordVPN offers both a 30-day money back guarantee as well as a 30-day trial. A month to evaluate it or to get a refund is more than enough time to test mobile devices, televisions, computers, and tablets.

 

Do You Want or Need It?

Given considerations of privacy, security, and access to information evaluated against cost, ease of use, and making a peace of mind purchase is a valid place to start your VPN experience. As you look at all those criteria, you ultimately want to answer one fundamental question: Do you want or need it? If you’ve come this far, chances are you’ve been at least thinking about it for any number of reasons, so maybe you’ve at least answered the want part of that question.

 

One of the best ones I have evaluated is the NordVPN Service. It checks all the boxes mentioned in this article and probably others like friendly customer service, easy on-line transactions, stability, brand reputation and more. You can get a discount through the NordVPN offer link in this article if you’re interested in adding some protection to your home internet devices.

 

This is an opinion article by Guido Piraino, of The Go On With Guido Podcast , The It's Not The Ref Exclusive Podcast , and may be heard on The Path Radio Mix Online.