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Many people will look at the price of an item or service before they go over its features. With VPNs, someone who already knows what they are for may not even go over the details. They will compare the basic features of cheap VPNs advertised by the providers and sign up for the least expensive. What’s wrong with cheap VPNs is that some of them have hidden charges and less than stellar service. With cheap VPNs, the quality is all in the details.
Cheap VPNs Can Be Good VPNs
Generally speaking, there’s nothing wrong with cheap VPNs. Cheap doesn’t always mean poor quality. There are a few cheap VPNs that also offer quality service. What potential subscribers need to look at is not just the price but the VPN protocols, encryption levels, server availability, details of use, and data privacy policies.
VPN Protocols and Encryption Levels
First, your VPN should provide protocol options. The most common are PPTP and L2TP. But a great VPN will offer you OpenVPN by default and L2TP/IPSec for devices that don’t yet support OpenVPN. OpenVPN is the best VPN protocol you can have. It is the only one that has not been compromised by the NSA. And it isn’t vulnerable to corruption because it is open source. OpenVPN is monitored by a ton of independent developers that want to keep it clean and private. L2TP/IPSec is a good second option because it offers multiple layers of protection for online privacy and security. It is difficult to crack through this layers, which brings us to encryption. Your VPN should give you at least 128-bit encryption. 128-bit encryption is impossible for all attackers except very well funded organizations like governments to crack. And it is also still fast. You might want to use 256-bit encryption, but it is very slow.
Cheap VPNs’ Service Details
When you start comparing VPN services, look closely at what you are really getting. Some cheap VPNs will offer you only two protocol options and limited access to their servers. Consider carefully your privacy and security needs before you sign up for a package that gives you substandard protection for your connection. Sometimes cheap VPNs will offer servers in specific countries only. Others will allow you to use a limited number of servers per month. If you need additional locations or need to use more servers, they will charge you extra. Pretty soon, the service is no longer affordable.
Cheap VPNs often need additional support for their services. They might offer a range of protocols and servers, but also display ads. Ads are not just annoying, but they can lead you to potentially dangerous websites. You could get infected by very bad viruses and a range of malicious software. Other cheap VPNs might also share and sell your data with third parties. These third parties could be advertisers or hackers and even thieves. Not all companies will really care about who they sell your data to. So be sure to check the provider’s data privacy policies carefully.