Computer users, that includes us, can be classified into 3 general categories.1. The working group (utilizing computers solely for work or education purposes). 2. The happy group (mainly for leisure – online chats, social media etc.). 3. The “grey” areas (those who frequently juggles between the two). It is important to know that everyone should use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your online privacy. Regardless of which group you fall into.
What is a Virtual Private Network?
Let’s just say that a VPN is like a passageway between your PC and the website you are visiting. Once connected to the VPN server, your web traffic will pass through the passageway and move back and forth through that server. It will make it more difficult for hackers to steal your login credentials or redirect your PC to a fake banking site.
Whether you are at a separate office or a public Wi-Fi hotspot at an airport, the only people who will know what you’re up to are you, the VPN provider and the website you’re visiting.
Choosing the right provider
Since there are so many services to choose from, how can you tell which ones are worth using, and what are the criteria to judge them by?
Firstly, let’s get the big question out of the way. The bad news for anyone accessing free services is that it pays to pay when it comes to a VPN. There are tons of free options from reputable companies, but these are usually a poor substitute for the paid options. Free services usually allow a limited amount of bandwidth usage per month or offer a slower service. Tunnel Bear, for example, offers just 500MB of free bandwidth per month, while CyberGhost offers a free service that is significantly slower than its paid service.
So to find the perfect VPN provider, here are some key points we need to look out for:
- The information your VPN store in your system and the duration of that storage
- Possible logging of site details that you visit, like the IP address or amount of bandwidth used upon every web surfing
Logging of data varies for different VPN providers. Some do minimal data collection and discard their logs after a few hours. While others milking every possible detail and store for months at a time. The amount of confidentiality you want upon choosing your VPN provider will depend on the amount of logging you want your server to hold on to, along with its contents like important business documents.
What Global ITN offers:
Global ITN offers a secure and reliable IP VPN services – delivering carrier-class IP service dependability and connectivity between two or more locations via Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). Our server enables you to exchange data at superfast speeds across all your business sites. Whether you’re linking a remote office or data centre to your existing infrastructure or establishing a new network, using IP VPN gives you the flexibility to transform and streamline connectivity as your business evolves whilst keeping costs aligned with usage. Our services come with a range of access solutions. Also, these include equipment supply, implementation, configuration and end-to-end proactive support and management by expert network engineers.
- Secure and highly accessible connectivity complemented with resilient security solutions against IP security risks.
- High-level protection of your internet privacy.
- Remotely managed control with timely and efficient manner.
- Multiple offices connection on a single network to standardise user experience.
- Option to easily add new sites, business partners or locations to the network.