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    Is security your top priority? Here’s how to choose a VPN service and recommendations to help you identify the best VPN services.

    As many of you are aware, a virtual private network (VPN) encrypts the Internet connection to ensure privacy and secrecy online. However, security is an ambiguous word in this area. A secure VPN not only protect your business and data from snooping eyes, but it also doesn’t keep a log of this activity your performed and provide a safe payment method that does not compromise that anonymity.

    Whether or not a VPN is safe and secure also depends on the priorities of each and why you need to spend some money to use it. If you try to prevent authorities in your country from detecting access to banned websites, you will instead choose a package that can hide your encoded traffic from HTTPS traffic.

    Can I choose a free VPN service?

    Let’s have a quick comment on some free services available in the market. Even if they exist, we recommend that you do not use them if security is your main priority. The service may be well secured, but VPN providers do not offer so-called free offer if they get nothing back. Check the terms of use and their privacy policy very carefully, as you may discover that your private information is being sold to other third parties for free.

    The criteria for a secure VPN?

    The protocol

    OpenVPN is recognized as the best protocol. It is a criterion to take into account for those who expect maximum security. Other protocols like Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) and Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) have been dropped because they are not as safe.

    Double security

    If you need even more protection than OpenVPN, you need to move to a dual VPN service like NordVPN. You can also combine a virtual private network with secured TOR browser to have an equivalent effect. ExpressVPN is one such service provider that support this feature.

    The kill switch

    In case, the VPN server connection is interrupted unexpectedly, the data flow between the server and the client is no longer encrypted. To avoid such a situation, many VPN services provide a “kill switch” feature that automatically blocks all traffic in the event of a stall. However, these switches are not identical; some will cut the Internet connection for specific applications (such as a web browser), and others will completely block traffic to all applications, including the OS.

    Some services offer the two breakout options listed above, which allows the user to choose between a global break and a break per application and to define apps for which Internet connections will be intermittent in the event of a break. Some service such as PureVPN features a system-wide switch and others such as CyberGhost provides a customizable switch that only blocks user-designated application traffic.

    Secure payment

    If you do not need to be known, you should also avoid paying your payment to VPN service with your debit or credit card. A fee can personally identify the user and trace its activity. Go for a service that allows you to pay secretly. Some services like PureVPN even accept payment by gift cards. This payment method is perfect for protecting anonymity. However, ExpressVPN does not have the option to make the payment with gift cards. It’s also an excellent option to opt for an email address, which you use for nothing else, other than to sign up for the VPN service.

    The zero-log policy

    Another element to take into account when choosing a VPN service: the log retention and exploitation policy. The best is to opt for a provision that does not keep any newspaper. It means that it does not store any data when you are connected to the service, nor information about the connection time, or the sites or servers used. Practically all VPNs still had login data as recently as one year ago changed their policies to match those of their competitors. For example, NordVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, PureVPN, and other services have a zero-log policy.

    Geographical location

    Because some friendly countries share data between them, it is better to choose a VPN located outside the “14 Eyes.” This group of countries, also called SIGINT Seniors Europe (SSEUR), brings together the 5 Eyes plus the 9 Eyes. If the provider is located in one of those 14 countries, other countries may ask it to share the data of its users, and it will have to comply legally. In theory, as long as the VPN service provider has a robust zero-log policy, it should have no data to share, and your business will remain private. You can choose a VPN provider which does not belong to these countries – the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or Europe.

    Any other important points that you to think as to how you can choose a VPN provider?

    #2333

    Very educating article. It is not advisable to use a free VPN because your data is not secure as some countries share data. It is good to choose the VPN located outside the “14 Eyes” if you want to keep your personal data safe.

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