We live in a world where it would seem that privacy rarely even exists anymore and this is particularly the case when online. Websites, apps, social media, ISPs, software, and even our operating systems are all able to track what we’re doing and gather data as part of the process.
This data is then used or sold by those that see value in what we’re doing and generally leads to targeted advertising. What we buy online, the sites we visit, any health concerns that we may have is all collected and sold to those that will then focus on what we’ve been doing to sell their products to us.
How to Improve Online Privacy?
Well, a virtual private network provider (VPN) is the most popular way to ensure that whatever you’re doing online is kept anonymous. A VPN allows you to connect via a secure tunnel from your computer to a secure network somewhere else. Essentially this is a peer to peer connection between two computers rather than using the internet.
You then connect to the internet from that computer making yourself completely anonymous. So essentially, using a computer in Finland as an example, you could connect from that country using a new IP address rather than your own.
Privacy protection on the internet or yksityisyyden suoja internetissä as the Finnish might say, is now in operation as you essentially have a completely new identity for as long as you use that particular connection.
What to Look for in a VPN Provider?
There are some really good VPN providers out there but also some that are not so great. You want to go with a provider that is able to provide you with the following:
- Plenty of server locations worldwide
- Unlimited bandwidth
- A good reputation
- Good features like a kill switch
If you can find any (and there are many of them) that tick all of the above boxes, you then simply have to make a final choice depending on price, functionality, and whether they have any servers in the particular locations that you need.
Many of the best VPNs will actually offer you a trial or a free version of their VPN that you can use to test them out. Be aware that free versions will be a limited version of the real thing though whereas an ‘actual’ free trial will give you the full VPN but just for a limited amount of time.
You should be able to quickly tell if a particular VPN is going to be able to provide you with what you need and can then sign up for a subscription once the trial comes to an end. The best part is that even the very best VPNs do not have to cost that much on a monthly basis. On average you’re going to be looking at a maximum of around $5 per month which is peanuts when you consider the privacy that you will be getting.