We have promised to always tell you what we believe and we will continue to do so. We consider the protection of personal data perhaps the biggest issue that has arisen in today’s digital age. We introduced you to DuckDuckGo as the alternative to search engines and Tor as the Browser that probably everyone should use. One more weapon against the ongoing monitoring of Internet traffic is the use of a VPN service.
As we have already mentioned, we have been using IPVanish for several years now and have also recently entered their affiliate program. We have confidence in this service without this meaning that there are no other equally reliable companies. But the reason for the current article is an IPVanish offer for a few days with a fairly low monthly price for the one-year plan. You also have the option to use the service for a few days and if you are not happy, you can always cancel it and get refunded. The same practice applies to other similar services and our suggestion is to try it out.
What VPN can offer
Simply put, it offers security. By using VPN on every device, your Internet information passes through an encrypted communication channel to a secure Server; your physical presence is not detected as your communications come from a new IP address while yours remains invisible.
There are plenty of advantages already mentioned in many of our previous articles.
One more benefit of using a VPN is avoiding the so-called Throttling. Essentially this happens when Internet Providers get your speed to slow down when they detect streaming. The following video demonstrates how the service is installed on Windows 10, but you will easily find guides for all your devices on the page of each company.
Fire TV users should be advised that only 2nd generation and above can accept VPN service.
Will it Slow Down my Speed?
The answer is simple, yes. However, not as much as you think or notice in the beginning. You just need to find the right combination through specific settings depending on the device.
Some helpful tips to get started are as follows. We select a Server near our area. We will probably find enough, at least with companies such as IPVanish that are present in more than 60 countries and with more than 1100 Servers. From the Server near our area, we will select those with the least load and fastest response (Ping). We will add these Servers to our “Favorites”. Also in settings, we will choose the protocol that gives us the best speed depending on the usage. This way we will have achieved an initial connection that initially displayed a 40% drop in download speed to only drop 2% at download speed compared to our connection speed without a VPN. In some cases, when we tried it at peak times and while streaming, our connection seemed faster with VPN enabled.
Do I need a VPN?
This is something that everyone has to decide on their own, taking into account the positive and negative aspects of the service.
Each company offers a trial period so you can see for yourself both the operation and the efficiency of the service. Besides, many reliable companies can offer simultaneous use of the service on many devices. So, with one subscription, you essentially ensure the protection of all family devices. The offer from IPVanish that we are presenting to you allows for simultaneous use on 10 devices!
In any case, we do not recommend the use of free VPN services. Several problems could occur, while the protection they offer may be doubtful. We will try to give you detailed guides in the future for properly configuring VPN services for each device.