As we have already discussed, some Virtual Private Networks can restrict your internet access, either by slowing your connection, or limiting the amount of data that you can transfer; some can be as low as 500 MB, which if you’re streaming video or downloading music, you’ll eat through it in no time at all.
Of course, many providers offer paid for solutions, and it is unlikely that you’ll notice any restrictions on your connection, it is always best to do your homework before signing up for any service.
Other restrictions could be that even though you’re using a VPN, you may find certain sites are restricted; a Virtual Private Network is not a get out of jail free card, it does not give you carte blanche to access all manner of sites or content.
Perhaps that is a misnomer that should be understood before taking on a VPN service – many people believe that a VPN service means that they are completely untraceable when online, that they can’t be caught doing anything that could be construed as illegal, that isn’t the case, even if the VPN provider doesn’t keep logs.
It is certainly true that using a VPN does give you more privacy and security, but that’s more for the use of when connecting to a public Wi-Fi hotpsot – anyone that is trying to hack a network will find it extremely difficult to find any of your details on that network, meaning that you’re not an easy target, so if it’s just a casual hacker, they’ll soon move on to other people that haven’t yet learned the benefit of a Virtual Private Network.
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Does VPN slow your connection down or there is some other issues? Our best advice when it comes to looking at the restrictions in place, be that speed, data transfer or any other type of restriction in place is to do your homework first; with hundreds (perhaps even thousands) of Virtual Private Network provides to choose from, you’re bound to find one that fulfils your criteria 100%.
Don’t settle for the first one that comes up in a search, and don’t consider the cheapest to be the best either, we would always recommend paying for a service – as the old saying goes – “you get what you pay for”, and when it comes to security and privacy, surely that has to be worth a few bucks every month?