Virtual Private Network/VPN:

I’ve found it important to have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to use anytime I use the internet (not just in public). This protects my data—my location, financial info, health info, online purchases, etc., while in my home country or while traveling. Because it now appears that countries like the USA and Australia are allowing private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to collect and sell our:

  • name to others

  • age to others

  • location to others

  • shopping records to others

  • private data to others

  • browsing history to others

  • etc.

In addition, when I’m in another country, I want to use a VPN so my browser pages will appear as if I’m in my home country. This has several benefits:

  • the internet appears in my home language (English)

  • the websites appear from my home country (so I can read .com’s instead of .fr’s, as often the .com’s will not be allowed to appear without the VPN)

  • I can bypass regulations that don’t allow certain websites to display in certain countries

So I purchased a VPN service to use no matter where or how I connect to the internet.  Meaning, I can use a VPN to protect me from all of the above and the only thing an ISP can see is that I'm connected to a VPN.  Nothing else.


The checklist:

I’ve found it important that a VPN provide me with the following:

  • military-grade security that strongly encrypts Internet traffic

  • reroutes Internet traffic through remote server (hides my identity)

  • replaces IP address (hides my identity)

  • does not keep my activity logs

  • no bandwidth limits

  • works in multiple countries

  • makes me appear elsewhere, so I can access banned sites in certain countries (like social media in China)

  • makes me appear elsewhere, to save on flight fare (look up airfare while appearing to be from different countries to verify best rate)

  • direct, easy access to streaming websites

  • connects multiple devices to one VPN account

  • 24/7 support

  • automatic shut down of sites/software if connection drops

  • double VPN encryption


The challenges:

  • when I'm working on an older computer with a slower connection, I think the VPN appears to slow it down just a little

  • there's a website that appears to not want to be accessed through the VPN, so I disconnect the VPN for that site

  • NordVPN is one more account to remember (but I think it's an important one)