There are many VPN providers vying for your money, and it’s important that the one you choose actually be secure. I have ten strict guidelines for the VPN companies I recommend (which you can read in full here), but in summary, I only recommend VPN providers who:
Are NOT headquartered in the US or other countries who are members of the 5-, 9-, or 14-eyes security agreements
-Keep no logs on users
-Offer fast servers in many countries
-Provide apps for mobile device access
-Use the OpenVPN standard
If you take the time to do the research, you’ll discover that only a few VPN companies actually provide all of those core services. Whether you choose this company or any of the other VPN providers I discuss in my longer article isn’t important. What is important is that you pick one that meets high security and privacy standards.
No matter which VPN provider you use, once you’ve downloaded and installed your VPN app, you should do the following:
1.Consider activating the “kill switch.” This terminates your internet connection if your VPN connection is lost or dropped. That preference can mean the difference between remaining hidden online or having your IP address, location, and personal information be exposed. Kill switch technology differs from provider to provider. I use NordVPN, whose kill switch on iOS kills “system-wide Internet access” so that no unencrypted data from any app on your iPhone will be exposed, whether you’re surfing on WiFi or cellular. Again, that’s how the kill switch works on Nord. Other VPN providers may work differently, so be sure to read the fine print.
2.Connect through a server that meets your needs in regards to speed, location, safety, and laws. When I want speed and privacy from the prying eyes of cellphone companies, I connect to servers in the US. When I want to stream the great content from the BBC’s iPlayer, I connect to a server in the UK. If I want to avoid the prying eyes of the US intelligence agencies and their global partners, I connect to servers in Costa Rica, Bulgaria, or other non-surveillance partner countries.
3.Use your VPN all the time. Use your VPN all the time. Use your VPN all the time.