When you’re out and about, you need an internet connection you can trust. Rather than using unprotected WiFi connections wherever you are, you need to be able to send files on a secure server and this has led to the introduction of the VPN (virtual private network).
If you haven't heard this term before, it’s exactly as it sounds; a private network only you can access on which you can send/receive files no matter where you are in the world. If you travel as a freelancer or frequently go on business trips, this would suit your needs so we’ve listed a couple of the most popular providers below!
IPVanish - In 2017, IPVanish is attracting a significant amount of attention and for good reason too. Around the world, they offer more than 40,000 different IP addresses with secure browsing, no logs, fast download speeds, and availability in over 60 countries. If you’re looking for a free or cheap solution, this might not be the one for you but it does suit those who spend vast amounts of time away. For a year’s worth of service, it costs a little under $5 per month ($60 per year).
OpenVPN - Available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, OpenVPN allows you to download a client to use wherever you may go. In terms of security, OpenVPN is one of the best on the market and this is thanks to 16 years of experience in dealing with (and overcoming) issues. Through the years, this particular solution has featured in the New York Times, CNN, Lifehacker, and many other publications.
Hotspot Shield - If you know the market well, this recommendation may come as a surprise because it isn't exactly one of the biggest names. However, we bring it to you for one main reason; you can pay a one-time fee of $140 and have access to the 2,000 servers for the rest of your life. In addition to this, it can support five devices if your colleagues need access on a trip too. Unfortunately, there are only 20 locations available but this may still be a good choice depending on your needs.
VyprVPN - If you’re looking for a combination of performance and security, VyprVPN is a superb option. With similar prices to IPVanish, you’ll have access to over 200,000 IP addresses in more than 70 locations. If you’re going to choose VyprVPN, make sure you definitely want to go ahead because refunds won’t be available.
NordVPN - Finally, we recommend NordVPN for their ‘ultra-secure’ networks, ability to gain access on desktop, laptop, and mobile, and an opportunity to connect with six different devices. If you pay for 24 months, it works out at $3.20 a month; however, it will be more expensive if you choose a smaller contract. Originally based in Central America, NordVPN is quickly expanding to become the best VPN provider across a broad range of topics.
Is a VPN Enough?
Before we let you get back to your day, we should point out that a virtual private network might not be enough for what you need. Yes, it’ll keep you secure online and prevent you from having to connect to six random connections in one day. However, it won’t stop physical hacking and this is where items like thecome in handy. After being installed on the screen, only you will see what shows as looking from all other angles shows nothing but a black screen.
Once you pair these types of items with a VPN, then you’ll be fully protected no matter where you are on our beautiful planet!