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Things to Consider before Choosing a VPN in 2021

April 12, 2021
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Before you purchase a VPN, do some research on which ones have good online reviews and how VPN works.


Ideally, your VPN must have:

  • Support for many devices
  • Numerous unique IP addresses
  • Lots of servers and server locations

However, most of the VPNs provide support for selective devices, and not for all. Also, VPNs vary in terms of how private they actually are.


Few other factors to consider before choosing a VPN are:


Privacy

Make sure the VPN doesn’t share or collect your personal information. Read the privacy policy of the VPN to find related information. And save yourself from doing more harm than doing good.


Speed

VPNs reroute your network through another network. While doing so, they can slow down your internet speeds. Some VPNs publish their download speeds. The best way to have a better idea about the connection speed is to go for a free trial.


Location

You don’t need to bother about a specific location while a VPN is used to connect to a particular IP address, such as your office network. But, often, you might need to access specific content that requires certain geo-locations. So, before you make a purchase check the VPN’s website. Make sure its servers can be accessed in your desired location.


Cost

You’re probably wondering if a VPN is free. Yes, there are free VPNs available in the market. But similar to many other services, if it's free, you’re actually paying with your personal browsing data. You should go with a paid VPN because they tend to be trustworthy.