Not so long ago, a VPN was just a business thing.
Most average consumers didn’t know what the hell a VPN was.
They were simply used by corporate employees allowing them to securely log into their company intranets remotely while staying safe from prying eyes.
But things have changed.
On the one hand, there’s the increasing news of hacks from nefarious individuals and even governments, probing into people’s private lives. As this happens, more and more people are turning to personal VPNs to up their digital security.
However, one of the other major factors in increased VPN use is streaming.
Whether that’s the fact that people caught on to using a VPN with Netflix so you can get all the American content from anywhere in the world, or just so people can carry on using illegal streaming sites for content while avoiding the prying eyes of ISPs, whom governments have encouraged to clamp down on such things.
Sadly, Netflix has now cracked down on VPN access to its services, meaning users in the UK can no longer access American Netflix, which kind of sucks in a big way.
Still, there are plenty of other options: HULU, for instance, as well as Amazon’s huge online video service, which is also better in the US.
Mostly, though, you should be using a VPN because of the privacy it affords you.
A VPN bolsters your online privacy, so you can go about your business without anyone collecting your data. I have used one for as long as I can remember now and I would never go back to not using one – never.
PureVPN – Why It Gets My Vote For 2018
If you’re going to get a VPN, it’s worth going with one of the big boys and paying a little extra.
One of the most popular VPNs on the market is PureVPN – it also happens to be the one that I personally use. We took the VPN for a spin to see if it’s really as good as people say.
We took the VPN for a spin to see if it’s really as good as people say.
PureVPN has one of the best logging policies out there. The company records the time you login to their VPN and the amount of data used–and that’s it.
OS and Device Compatibility
Another great feature about PureVPN is its sheer scale of support for multiple and varied OSes.
PureVPN supports Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. However, it’s not just devices that run those OSes that PureVPN supports. It also supports games consoles like the Playstation and Xbox, Smart TVs, and even media streamers like the Roku, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast.
I never saw any downtime when using PureVPN, which can’t always be said for VPNs.
It’s a strength PureVPN boasts about, saying its service has 99.99% uptime–something I found to be true.
The PureVPN also offers 750+ servers in 141 countries, so you can virtually connect from almost any location you want–great if you want to access the Netflix catalog of the United States or Japan, for instance.
Another really nice feature is that PureVPN gives you five logins, so you can login from multiple devices, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone, console, and media streamer at once.
However, note that sharing your login information with others can get you banned from the service.
Unlimited server switching is also a huge plus as is the company’s generosity with its server package: no matter which pricing tier you subscribe to, you have access to all the servers on their network.
People who like to download large files will appreciate that PureVPN has no data limits–you can download as much as you want through their servers.
The company also offers a feature called Split Tunneling, which allows you to send certain data through your regular ISP and other data through PureVPN’s servers. And as is expected, PureVPN offers AES-256-bit encryption.
If there is one drawback to PureVPN it’s that they don’t offer a free trial period.
But when your VPN service is this good, you don’t have to.
What they do offer is a seven-day money back guarantee, however, so if you don’t like the service you can get a full refund within the first seven days.
As for pricing, PureVPN offers three main plans: $10.95 (about £8.80) for a month-to-month plan; $2.95 (about £2.30) per month for a 24 month plan; or $8.95 (about £7.20) per month for a 6 month plan.
What’s really nice is PureVPN offers dozens of ways you can pay, including the usual credit or debit card, PayPal, and such.
But also if you want to remain anonymous, you can pay via Bitcoin and other virtual currencies or even via third-party gift cards.