The number of VPN service providers that populate the internet has increased dramatically in recent years. The availability is not what the issue is when it comes to selecting a VPN provider, it is the security, reliability, speed, number and location of servers and level of support services that ultimately impacts the value received by those who pay for subscriptions.
Most VPN’s will allow for video streaming, and with many people opting to stream online, reliability and speed become even more important factors that must be considered when selecting a VPN service. Another key aspect is the level of security as there is the possibility that you may be sharing sensitive content and as such, selecting one that offers robust encryption using a secure server is a critical element that must be considered.
Security, or should we say, the level of security, is one of the differences between free VPN’s and those that require a paid subscription. Free VPNs will generally include a PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol) as it is the easiest and most affordable to set up and offer, however, it has flaws that can put the connection at risk of an attack. Those VPN’s that offer paid subscriptions increase the level of security as they will include additional protocols such as Internet Protocol Security and Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocols that are far more advanced and secure than point-to-point tunnelling protocols.
While security protocols are a critical aspect to consider, they are just one aspect of what needs to be determined when in the selection process. Another is the bandwidth that is available via the VPN service being considered. Those that are offering free services simply will not make large investments into connections that are efficient, whereas paid subscription providers will and do. The result is paid VPNs provide you with faster connections, and ultimately, especially for those who stream, this is a make or break factor.
When you join together added speed, bandwidth and security that a paid subscription provides, there is little argument that a paid subscription is worth the investment. It not only affords you greater peace of mind, but fast, safe and secure connections, and in the world of the internet, that is a valuable asset to have at your disposal.
Another argument that supports moving forward with a paid subscription is the fact that improved customer service will join the list and when it comes to getting support, it is far easier for those with less technical knowledge when having a dedicated support team at the ready to assist when needed.
Recapping, here is what you get with paid VPN’s:
Faster and larger bandwidth
Access to hundreds of servers throughout the world
Professional customer support services.