A VPN (or virtual private network) is a technology that allows a series of computers separated by significant distances, to connect to one another as if on a local area network (or LAN) by use of special protocols online. This technology is used by a myriad of industries for a multitude of purposes.
VPN technology allows a host of much-loved modern systems to function, including cloud hosting and computing, location-independent gaming networks and of course proxies.
But, not all VPN providers are created equally.
Like with any service, there are costly, high-end VPN providers and then there are cheap (sometimes even free) low-end VPN providers. When shopping for a provider, most will know exactly what levels of performance they need to achieve their goals.
They may not be able, however, to glean from the providers’ very market-oriented sites, which ones meet and/or exceed these criteria. This can make the shopping experience for VPN service very troublesome, not unlike webhost shopping.
Fortunately, the internet has reviewers of everything that exists in modern times, and that thankfully includes VPN services.
With the help of a very in-the-know VPN reviewer, the tedium of finding a provider meeting the desired criteria moves from something of a trial and error exercise into a simple, informed shopping experience.
Most solid VPN reviews look at five criteria above all else – anonymity, support, speed, price and reliability. Some of these may seem fairly obvious in their relevance, but others perhaps not as much so.
Anonymity is actually probably the most important factor with VPN, even if it might not seem so outright. While a VPN acts like a LAN, allowing file sharing, remote access and so forth, it’s still carrying over the internet. This means that it’s technically exposed to the world where a LAN physically is not.
As a result, good VPN providers have top notch encryption and security measures in place, and good VPN reviewers look very closely at this.
Reliability is probably the second most important thing – reliability in the case of VPN providers is “uptime”, or the amount of time in which the system’s operational as it should be. It’s important for peace of mind as well as practical use, for the system to always be there and ready for use when it’s needed.
In light of reliability’s importance and the fact that technology loves to malfunction where it can, support’s importance can never be overstated. A solid staff of support people who can answer any questions and quickly resolve any issues be they technical, financial or otherwise is the mark of a solid company.
Speed is of course important – slow VPNs would result in slow internet even if a user has a fiber connection.
Price, however, isn’t in and of itself a “make or break” facet with most reviewers. A good VPN reviewer knows that a cheaper VPN with somewhat reduced (but still upstanding) service quality may be necessary for budgeting requirements or other financial limitations. However, a solid reviewer knows to never direct a reader in a direction based exclusively on price!