- Security Features
- Kill Switch
- Encryption (AES-256)
- IP leak protection
- Different protocols like PPTP, L2TP, IKEv2 and so on
I can’t stress enough, I know that many of you might be tempted with free VPNs on the app store, pop-up ads or from third party websites. But remember, when something’s cheap or free, you need to be suspicious of their quality as well as their intent. A lot of these “free” VPN providers out there are guilty of collecting your data transfers and personal information leaks. Anything that’s free simply implies that they aren’t charging you for their server’s maintenance and upkeep and are instead earning it by selling your information to third-parties or scammers. But at the same time, you don’t have to go way out of hand to pay for VPNs. A simple rule of thumb, your VPN subscription shouldn’t cost you more than your monthly internet bill. Remember, you always get what you pay for.
3. Logging Policies
4. Easy access to geo-restricted content
Many geo-restricted websites like BBC, Hulu, Google or Facebook can easily be accessed through VPNs, in fact, it’s one of the main features of a great VPN. But weak VPNs are, most of the time, unable to penetrate past the geo-lock on certain locations that block out VPNs as well. If you're looking to access geo-restricted content, and can’t decide which VPNs to choose from, check out reviews from reputable sites in the business like Top50VPN, they usually test out VPNs by accessing Netflix or Hulu.
5. VPN Location
Finally, find out the location of your VPN. Make sure it’s not a part of the five, nine and fourteen eyes network. The 5/9/14 eyes are basically an agreement between a few countries where the data transfers and internet activity is logged into. These fourteen countries have an agreement to share their access of your internet data and activities, with one another. To make sure you have the utmost privacy, choose a VPN that is not based in any one of these 14 countries.
Hopefully, armed with these 5 points, you’ll be able to choose a quality VPN that will not compromise your safety and security, and let you access as much of the internet as possible.