7 things to check before finalizing your VPN provider
Before finalising which VPN provider you decide to go with you should ensure that they are right for you and your internet needs. Here are 7 important things that you should check before you finalise on which VPN provider you go with:
- Does the VPN provider have apps for the platforms you use?
If you are going to want to easily and securely access the internet whilst you are out and about then you need to make sure that the VPN provider you choose has apps which are made for your devices.
- Does the provider have restrictions or extra fees for simultaneous connections?
When you are shopping for the perfect VPN provider for your needs you should set yourself a budget by determining how much you are willing to spend per month. Be careful because some providers set restrictions and add extra fees on extra services such as getting numerous simultaneous connections. Such considerations are important if you and your family will be using the same VPN at home.
- Does the VPN provided work in as many countries as possible?
Many services and websites are geographically blocked. VPNs offer you will the ability to access such blocked content. However, depending on which VPN provider you go with it can alter what content you are able to access. By choosing a VPN provider that works in as many countries as possible you will be able to access as much online content as possible.
- Does the VPN provider ensure you have acceptable web usage speeds?
Some VPNs reduce the web usage speed of your devices. If you are keen to ensure that your usage speeds remain fast then it is important to find out whether the VPN provider you choose has acceptable web usage speeds for your needs.
- Does the VPN include an auto-connect feature?
It can be a real hassle having to connect to a VPN every time you turn on your device. In order to make things simpler, a number of VPN providers provide an auto-connect feature to their customers. If ease of use and convenience are important to you then you should make sure that the VPN provider you choose offers an auto-connect feature with the VPN they provide.
- Does the VPN have endpoints where you need them, and as many as possible?
The VPN ‘endpoint’ is the end of the connection, and the connection between them is a ‘VPN tunnel’. It is the VPN endpoint where the VPN traffic comes into your network. By having lots of endpoints you can access information from a large area or specifically from the locations where you need to access the information from.
- Is the VPN easy to install and use?
A key consideration for first time VPN users especially is how easy it is to install and use the VPN. A number of VPN providers will help you to set up your VPN, but there are many that expect their customers to do it completely themselves. There are however many VPNs that are really easy to use and install, so if you think you might struggle with complex installation procedures, make sure to check that the VPN you select is easy to install and use after it has been installed.