Choosing a VPN can become quite a difficult task because there are many options on the market. In addition to this, they all offer or claim to offer more or less the same thing for similar prices. Plus the more information we look for, the more confusing it can get, as every service claims to be the best.
In many cases, the service is not necessarily bad, but it is simply not what we are looking for for our needs. In this article, we are going to show you how to choose a VPN professionally without wasting money and getting the best benefits from each service.
1.- VPN without logs
You’re probably wondering what a log-free VPN means. Well, this is one of the most important characteristics to take into account since it puts our privacy in check when we connect to the internet. Every VPN service must be clear in its privacy policies and assure the user that it does not keep logs of their online activity, that is, it does not keep any record of the websites you visit or the applications you use.
2.- Consult VPN comparison websites
Consulting websites where different VPN services are compared is a good idea to access vital information such as features and prices. In addition, the reviews and opinions of other users can be useful when making a decision regarding the service we are looking to hire.
3.- Money back guarantee
It may not seem important at first glance, but the fact that a VPN service offers a 30-day money-back if the user is not satisfied is something to take into account. Sometimes it happens that the VPN that is contracted does not serve the purpose we need it for, or it is difficult for us to configure, or it is not compatible with all our devices, or we simply regret having contracted the service.
4.- Take into account the use that will be given to it
First of all, you must be clear about what the VPN will be used for in order to choose the appropriate service. For example, there’s no point paying for a subscription to a VPN that offers connections to 100 different countries if all you want is to access US Netflix and nothing else. The same thing happens if we need a VPN that works correctly in China, no matter how good it is if it is blocked in China. Furthermore, it is one thing to use the VPN only as a security tool and quite another to use it to access streaming services, since in this case we must ensure two things: that the VPN has a server in the country where the service is available, and that said service does not block the VPN that we have contracted.
5.- Avoid contracts longer than 3 years
While at first glance, the longer the contract, the more money you save in the long run, this can be a double-edged sword. It may happen that the service we contracted today, in three years, will no longer be so good, or that, for example, Netflix will begin to block it in a couple of months. If we have signed up for a contract of more than three years, we will be tied for half a decade to something that does not serve us. The ideal is subscriptions for six months or a year, which is a reasonable window of time both to save money and to continue with a service that may no longer be useful to us.
6.- Anti-leak protection and other features
This feature is essential to prevent data leakage and is something to keep in mind when choosing a VPN since not all services offer it. Features to look for in a good VPN are:
– DNS leak protection
– IPv6 leak protection
– Kill Switch
Not all services offer these features, and while they don’t define a VPN, they do make a difference to a good one. It is important to check these details before paying for a subscription because all of these features protect our data and online activity in case of a VPN malfunction.
7.- Payment methods
It is always good to look for a VPN that accepts different payment methods, whether anonymous such as gift cards, virtual such as bitcoins, or traditional such as various credit and debit cards, PayPal, and transfer.