Consumer virtual private networks (VPNs) have been around for some time. Their popularity, largely contained to a market niche, has been driven by the privacy they offer internet users.
Apart from protecting personal data, VPNs also allow users to hide their use of controversial websites (e.g. file sharing/torrent sites), access region-locked content outside of their designated region and work around restrictions on networks that block certain kinds of web traffic.
However, as security breaches and privacy scandals become an increasingly common fixture in the news, VPNs’ security capabilities also have become more attractive to consumers. Small- and midsize businesses also are increasingly seeing VPNs as a way to protect the privacy of their employees.
Be Choosy With VPN Providers
Before running off and signing up with a VPN provider, however, it’s important to consider your options. Sending your browsing data to a VPN partner means you are putting a lot of trust in a vendor, so you must choose your vendor wisely. You need to know what kind of risks you may be signing up for.
Most VPN providers claim they don’t retain logs on their customers, so they have no record of the traffic on their network. Not all, however, have been audited and verified on this claim.
In a recent review of VPN providers, Wired contributor Casey Chin limited recommendations to providers that have proven they don’t hold on to customers’ logs. Within this group, ExpressVPN emerged as the overall recommendation for most users. TunnelBear and Mullvad VPN also earned nods as the best products for beginning and advanced users, respectively.
NordVPN, a leading vendor in the consumer space, is another suitable option for many users. Nord doesn’t keep customer logs, and it provides some of the best encryption in the industry.
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