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Today we will talk about VPN, factors to keep in mind while selecting the VPN. Now We all know not all Paid VPNs are good. To find out good VPNs there for you we listed some factors on which we shortlist good VPNs. we will make a separate list on Good VPNs in India but if you have to select from your side, the good VPNs, for that you can use such factors So let’s get started
Speed and server Locations of VPN Provider
The first factor is Speed if you are not getting speed in your VPN, no matter how secure and good the VPN is then it’s of no use Good Speed is important. Now when we use a VPN there is a loss of 20-30% speed. So some amount of speed loss happens, but it shouldn’t be 90% directly. So how will you get to know the speed, you can watch reviews as to how much speed they are getting. If you are purchasing a VPN for India, watch reviews related to your country-specific only.
For example, don’t watch reviews from the USA if you are from India, because they will access servers from the USA only. So, they will get a good speed, but since you are in India so, you will connect on the servers from India. If you get a good speed then it is good, because you will get the same speed. If you connect from India to the USA, to access data of the USA So the data loss I am having from India, the same would happen to the user of the USA So either watch its review or use that VPN
Usually, VPNs have refund policies of 15 days so at that time you can check and use it for speed
Numbers of servers available of VPN
Next factor is related to servers, Speed depends on servers and where they are located. More servers will determine more speed. Check the availability of servers in your country, For example, check the servers in India, If India has only 1 server then it won’t be beneficial to you but if it has servers in Chennai, Mumbai, and Indore, so here there are 3 servers and so due to 3 servers, you have better chances of getting good speed in India. If your location is nearby the servers, you will get a good speed compared to the servers that are very far.
Secondly, check the existence of the serves in the places you travel like Dubai, UK or USA. You will almost find servers in the USA. So, more servers around you will help you in getting good speed.
Streaming Quality of VPN
Then comes streaming, if you want to access Netflix and Amazon Prime of USA, then your VPN must support it. So, you can ask customer care whether they support USA Netflix or Amazon Prime or not. Then comes P2P Torrenting. Every VPN and every server don’t support P2P. You have to look at the servers around your area, as we are located in India, so We will check whether the server support Torrenting or not. If you have to look outside India, then check the Torrent support provided by them. If you will do downloads from USA servers you will get a slow speed but if you do downloads from your nearby servers you will get a fast download speed.
VPN provider Eye country
The next point is related to location and jurisdiction, so before we understand this, we should know what are 5 Eyes, 9 eyes, and 14 Eyes Countries. 5 Eyes, 9 eyes, and 14 Eyes are an alliance of countries. where they share data amongst them. So, all these countries keep surveillance on the online activities of the citizens. They keep a track of the websites visited by them
The countries that come under them, for example, the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are the 5 Eyes Countries, In the same way, there are 9 Eyes and 14 Eyes but the most interlinked countries are the 5 eyes. The countries that share limited data are the 9 Eyes and the 14 Eyes.
If your VPN is based on these countries then your VPN can be forced to share the data to Government.
No Log policy
Second, check their Logging Policy, whether they are saving any of your data with which you can be traced back, so in our opinion, if you are dealing with any sort of sensitive data, avoid VPN from 14 Eyes Countries. Check their No Log Policy, if they are locking any of your data plus to make sure thigs check their history if they have had court cases against them, and how they have settled it.
Now there is one important point, that if your VPN is 14 Eye based and If the government says to keep a log of data and you cannot tell the public that you are keeping logs of the data, you have to give all data to govt, so that has to be followed by them. As per the laws they have to follow it. Now this is scary, but it doesn’t happen like that, so you can take that VPN but if you have any sensitive data, we will say that you should avoid these 14 Eyes countries. Now let’s come to their history, it plays an important role. It usually happens that VPN companies differentiate in their story in what they write and what they are in reality.
Previous Record of VPS provider
For example, there was an IPVanish VPN Company in 2016. They provided some data to govt., there was some court case against them. They had a No Log Policy. If they had a No Log Policy, how they provided their data to govt.? The company is been acquired by StackPath and there has been a lot of changes since then and as per their official statements, no logs are been kept by them.
In the same way, Express VPN was a company. There were some court orders against them. When they revealed data, it was nothing. So, when we see the history of the VPN and the court cases against them, so we actually find out whether that VPN is good or not or where they have kept any logs or not.
Security Policy of VPN
Now let’s talk about the Security policy. The protocol that must be used is OpenVPN or IKEv2. The encryption must be used for 256bit. we won’t explain much about protocols, just keep these things in mind. Now if you are taking a Good Paid VPN, these are the things, you will find in the majority of them.
If we talk about Free VPN, it doesn’t come with them. They use the PPTP Protocol which is unsafe, but all these don’t happen in a Paid VPN. There are some additional features that you must keep in mind. First is Automatic Kill Switch, you are connected to a VPN server, suddenly your connections drops, so at that time, your internet must turn off, if your VPN has the option of Kill Switch. This prevents revealing the real IP Address, and when the server comes back, it will reconnect to it.
In the same way, there is a DNS Leak. It checks that your VPN doesn’t do any DNS Leaks. This means if you are visiting any website, your IP Address is not revealed. For that, there are certain DNS Leak Tests So you can watch them in the reviews or you can test them.
Now the additional features that We like the most. One of such features is of Split Tunnelling. It means you whitelist any particular IP Address or Websites so that they go without a VPN. So why would you do that?
We will do that because We want 100% speed and We are already on a secure connection we wouldn’t like to go through a VPN so for that, We can whitelist some apps. Like, we want Youtube to be a whitelist, we don’t want it to go through a VPN. so Youtube will go through whitelist, without VPN, and through our original IP Address and the rest of my work will go through VPN.
Internet banking, we don’t want it to go through different servers. It creates a problem and we don’t want a 2-step verification; we want it to go through the real IP Address. we can whitelist it, so that is Split Tunnelling.
The next function that we like the most is the Fast Server. If for example in India and there are 3-4 servers, so how will we know which among them is the fastest. Will we connect with all 4 of them? No, we want a feature that tells us this is the fastest server. There are nearby countries, so if we don’t want to connect in my country and we want a connection from nearby countries.
we don’t know which country is providing the fastest server, whether it is Dubai or Singapore so there must be an option of the fastest server, which automatically finds out and tell the fastest server in your country and fastest server in the nearby countries. If we want to connect to the fastest server in the USA, so if that option is provided by VPN, then it is a good feature.
The next feature is related to platforms, whether it is available in Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, or FireTV Stick. Also, check the browser extension, whether it is available or not. The next factor is related to User Experience. You can check their screenshots, whether it is easy to use or not. Then comes pricing. Now the maximum savings you get in VPN pricing is in a 1-year plan or in 2-year plans. They provide refund policy, which is of 7 days, 15 days, or 30 days. The renewal charges in the case of some VPNs go high. You should not worry much about renewal charges. You can create again with a new Email ID; you won’t have to do any major shift unlike hosting.
The last factor is related to the payment options, whether they accept Credit/Debit Cards, Internet banking, Google/Amazon Pay. If you have to do any anonymous payment, they accept Bitcoin, you have to check all these.
So, these were the important factors while taking Paid VPNs. We will bring the list of the Best VPNs in the future too very soon.