So you’ve found your Virtual Private Network provider, they seem to do everything that you need them to, but will changing your VPN provider on a regular basis help you to stay safe when online?
The very simple, straightforward and legitimate answer is no. But of course there is a little more to it than that.
There is no simple answer in all honesty, but the shortest answer relies on you identifying why you are using a VPN in the first place.
Let’s be honest, the use of a Virtual Private Network for less than legal reasons does happen, we’d be foolish to pretend that it doesn’t; even if you’re just streaming media from a geographically blocked site, you’re still breaking the law – possibly in your own country and the country where the media service is located.
And that is probably at the lower end of the scale.
In a perfect world, changing your VPN provider regularly wouldn’t make any difference – you’re only using it for safe web-browsing while connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot. It wouldn’t matter who you’re connecting through – it’s just for safer browsing.
However, if your using a Virtual Private Network for something a little less … savoury, then there could be a reason to swap on a regular basis – some VPN providers keep logs of access, so whatever it is your doing, whatever sites your looking at, you’re leaving a digital footprint.
Of course, some providers don’t keep logs and your movements aren’t tracked, but if you were doing something that the authorities didn’t like, then they have the power to look in to your habits when online – even with your VPN.
It’s doubtful that streaming media will arouse that much intertest from the authorities, so if that’s the extent of your activities, you’re probably OK.
The best thing to remember is that just as in the real-world, people could be watching, albeit virtually. So whatever it is that you’re doing, take appropriate precautions.
Changing VPN providers is easy – many don’t require you to sign up for an extended period of service, although some providers do monthly contracts which usually work out a little cheaper. But as we keep saying, you’re looking at the price of a couple of decent cups of coffee, so either way, it isn’t expensive, even if you use it every day.