VPN… and which one is the best?
Have you ever heard of something called a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. You can do different things using VPN and I’m going to explain and show two most common ways why people use VPN.
Even if a Virtual Private Network sounds strange and complicated, there are tons of apps on the Google Play Store that will activate a Virtual Private Network by just tapping a button. Over the years I found and tried out many different apps that allowed me to use VPN. Even though almost all of them have a premium option, that I never felt like I needed it. Some of them required an account, and some of them were just filled with ads, so I was really struggling to find the best VPN app.
Why do VPN apps give us security and privacy?
If you don’t have a big mobile data allowance, then you’re are probably constantly searching and connecting to Free Wifi when you are out and about. I’m not a security expert, but I know that using free Wifi is not that secure as you may think. I read an article a while ago that some hackers were setting up free Wifi hotspots just to hack people and get their information. There are not many reports of this kind of activity, but I’m sure that’s because you can’t easily find out if you are a victim or not. When was the last time you connected to the public WiFi and it just didn’t work?
VPN don’t just give you an extra protection. It also hides your IP address so your activity can’t be tracked while you are on the internet. Some VPNs also block ads, but there’s a lot of controversy around that.
You can’t visit all the websites from everywhere?
Guess who was the first guy in Slovenia who played Pokemon Go. Well I’m not 100% it was me, but right after the game launched in USA I already owned it in Slovenia (we got it a few days after). So VPN also allows you to change the location from where you are browsing the internet. Is Spotify already available in your country? Lucky you. Here in Slovenia we are still waiting for it, but I already have and use Spotify since I can do that over VPN. So if there’s any service that’s not available in your country, try VPN. It may help you out if a specific service or app is not available in your country.
The only downside…
The only downside I found while using the VPN is that it slows down the speed of the connection. Depending on what kind of VPN provider you are using, the speed will fluctuate from time to time. That makes sense since you are actually browsing the internet from the other side of the world.
Searching for a really good VPN app took me a lot of time, but the first one I was satisfied with was Betternet. Betternet is a free app that allows you to use VPN for free without registration. The only downside is that you can’t pick from which country you want to use VPN from. Of course with a premium upgrade you can set your preferred location.
However, I can easily say that the best VPN app is Opera VPN. It’s kind of new to the Play store, but I’m really impressed with the quality of the app. The devs are trying really hard to keep app up to date. This app has some awesome features and it’s completely free to use.
One of the coolest options is to test the WiFi security. It allows you to see how many flaws a specific network may have. Turn on the VPN and you can also activate Guardian which is awesome since it blocks ad trackers from stalking you online.
Tap connect and you will be connected to the VPN in a few seconds. From there you have an option to change your region to Canada, Germany, USA, Singapore, etc, and you can do this for free.
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