Setting up and purchasing a VPN
A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data. However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular as more interactions that were previously face-to-face transition to the Internet.
Privacy is increased with a VPN because the user's initial IP address is replaced with one from the VPN provider. This method allows subscribers to attain an IP address from any gateway city the VPN service provides. For instance, you may live in Brisbane, but with a VPN, you can appear to be located in another city or country.
The Main Reasons you would look to use a VPN Include:
- Provide privacy by hiding your internet activity from your ISP (and government)
- Allow you to evade censorship (by school, work, your ISP, or government)
- Allow you to “geo-spoof” your location in order to access services unfairly denied to you based on your geographical location (or when you are on holiday)
In order to use VPN you must first signup for a VPN service, which typically cost between $5 – $10 a month (with reductions for buying 6 months or a year at a time). A contract with a VPN service is required to use VPN.
Some of our recommended providers include:
Some of the main factors to consider are:
- Price - There are a lot of providers in market and this means they are all pushing to gain your dollars, shop around.
- Speed – VPN always entails some internet speed loss due to extra distances traveled and the processing demands of encryption/decryption (as discussed earlier).
- Privacy – all VPN providers promise privacy, but vary in terms of functions attached to this. check your VPN service providers offering in the subscription prior to signing up.
- Security – VPN should be used in conjucnction with other AntiVirus software as a VPN does not make you completley immune to attcks.
- Number of servers/countries – If you need to connect to servers located all over the place, then the more the better, and the more likely it is that a server will be located where you want it to be.
- Number of simultaneous connections – Some providers will only let you connect one device to their service at a time, while others allow you connect your PC, laptop, phone, Xbox and partners tablet all at once.
- Customer support – Many VPN users are still learning the ropes, so customer support that actually answers your questions in a reasonable timeframe, and knows what it is talking about, can be invaluable.
- Free trials and money back guarantees: Perhaps the best way to decide if a service is for you is to try before you buy! Software – VPN clients should not only look good good and be easy to use, but can add lots of funky features. The most useful of these are VPN kill switches and DNS leak protection Cross-platform support – a service is no use if it can’t run on your device/OS. Support can include detailed setup guides for different platforms, or dedicated apps (as is increasingly common for iOS and Android devices).
- Other bells and whistles – Some providers offer “stealth servers” for evading the Great Firewall of China, free SmartDNS or cloud storage, fancy security options (such as VPN through Tor), and more.
Does it make me Completely Anonymous?
No, the VPN provider will know who you are however the top providers go to great lengths to protect your identity and privacy, with this in mind, its better to think of a VPN as improving your privacy rather than making you completely anonymous.
Getting Connected and Set Up
In terms of setting them up correctly they can be complicated, we recommend contacting one of our techs we will walk you through purchasing the best VPN for your needs... and which provider will best fit what you are aiming for. We will then set up and install the VPN to ensure you have the best from the privacy setting while still being able to access and use favorite apps and websites. Contact Geekmobile