Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Initially, I only wanted a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service for when I might use Wi-Fi in public.  I wanted to protect my data—location, financial info, health info, online purchases, etc.—while traveling.  However, 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.

 

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

 

CHECKLIST:

It's been 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 a bit more

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

—it's one more account to remember (but I think it's an important one!)