Securing Your Internet Connection While Traveling: Do You Need A VPN?

A VPN serves as a tunnel between your device and the content that you’re trying to access.

When it comes to traveling, staying online and connected with family, friends and even your boss is important. With that in mind, what are your options to securely connect to the internet when you’re away from home? Using a VPN or a virtual private network can be considered as a secure way to get online even when traveling.

How does it work? A VPN serves as a tunnel between your device and the content that you’re trying to access. Sometimes, it masks your IP address. What makes it secure? Before data is sent online, a VPN encrypts the information, making that data safe, secure and unreadable especially to hackers. The encrypted information goes through the VPN servers (those tunnels we were talking about earlier), then sent back to your device with decrypted information. While it sounds like a long process, all of these happens in a matter of seconds. You may also be given a different IP address, most often different than your actual location which also significantly helps in keeping you anonymous while browsing the web. This also unblocks sites that may be banned in the country you’re in. It’s the only way for you to unblock Netflix while traveling.

A virtual private network can work on most devices – whether you’re using a tablet, smartphone, desktop, laptop, Chromebook or even an e-reader. You have to take note though, that not all VPNs are created the same. It is crucial that you look for a reliable and efficient VPN software to install to your device.

Okay, so let’s get started! Before you get too excited, looking for a reliable and great VPN server especially when you’re traveling may take a bit of time and research. You only want the best server out there, and you have to go through a variety of information and factors that you have to consider when choosing which virtual private network to choose. We’ve made everything easier for you, and here are some important factors and information you’d want to check when choosing between various VPNs.

Privacy Protection

Remember that we’ve talked about encrypted information going through a VPNs server before data is transferred to and from another content? Remember your reason for choosing a VPN in the first place – you’d want to remain private and you want your privacy and data to be protected. You should only choose a virtual private network that doesn’t log the information, so be sure to check their policy information on logging. When there’s a log, there’s a possibility that the information can be accessed, no matter how secure it may be. But if you choose a VPN that doesn’t log any of your activities, there won’t be any information that will be leaked, keeping your privacy secure at all times.

Kill Switch

When you’re automatically disconnected from the VPN server, there’s a high risk that your device will leak information. Make sure that you choose a VPN that has a kill switch option. What does this do? As soon as you’re disconnected, the server will stop leaking information, making sure that no data can escape, still protecting your privacy.

Compatibility With Your Device

The majority of us do not bring a desktop or a laptop during travels. While some others do, the majority rely on their smartphones and tablets to stay connected to the internet. When you are looking for a VPN service, make sure that you choose one that’s compatible on most devices – both on Android and IOS platforms, and even on smaller OS versions. This ensures you that no matter what device you’re using, you can safely travel and secure your internet connection regardless of your device.

Server Distribution

One of the biggest selling points that most VPN servers use is their large network of servers. This lets you access from different nodes, and gives you better options and see which one of those servers work best and fast depending on your location.

Jurisdiction

We don’t want any of our information leaked anywhere, and it is best that we check on the VPN server’s policy when it comes to keeping logs. There are certain times that local laws would require them to leak information, and without logs, there’s nothing to provide, even when a third-party company would request for it. Using a service that values your privacy is an important aspect in helping you secure your internet while traveling.

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