Do’s and Don’ts When You Consider a Virtual Private Network

Are you looking for a way to stay secure online? Are you trying to get around geo-restrictions or censorship on the web? Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is likely your best option! 

VPNs can be great for protecting your data, enabling access to blocked websites in some countries, like Iran, and providing a layer of privacy when browsing online. However, with great power comes great responsibility. 

When VPNs are used inappropriately or without caution, you may experience serious security issues. For example, if you are using a VPN for Iran, it is necessary to ensure you are using a VPN service supported in those areas. Reviews on VPNs for Iran posted on sites like EarthWeb can be really helpful regarding this matter. 

Additionally, only open programs and apps that resources that you trust when using VPN-protected networks, as cybercriminals often use VPN networks to gain access to sensitive information. More than this, always log off the VPN network when finished accessing sites or resources so that someone else doesn’t gain unauthorized entry through your VPN connection. 

By taking due precautions while using a VPN, you can ensure secure internet usage at all times.VPNs can be incredibly useful when handled correctly and offer unparalleled digital security – but it’s important to know what not to do to make the most out of your online activity. 

So, this post will provide some valuable insight into what you should avoid doing when using a VPN for privacy and performance purposes.


Using it Occasionally 

The first mistake you shouldn’t make when using a VPN is to use it occasionally. Essentially, a VPN is is a server you connect to that acts as a middleman between you and any potential connections that you make.

Many people seem to activate their VPN when they are using a website and then deactivate it shortly after. This is quite a big mistake since it means that you will be leaving yourself vulnerable. More advanced VPNs come with a feature called Split Tunneling, which allows you to whitelist certain apps or websites while still keeping your VPN on for others.


Thinking You’re Invulnerable

Another common mistake you should avoid making when using a VPN is thinking that you are invulnerable. While it is true that virtual private networks do offer a lot of anonymity and security, they are far from fallible, and there are still things that you could be doing to give away your identity.

For example, they will offer you cookies whenever you visit a website. If you were to accept these cookies, these cookies would remain after you turn your VPN off. More importantly, cookies are designed to identify you as a user and link you to any previous activity you might have done on the website. Similarly, if you are using any social network platform like Facebook, and you log in, for example, this will always identify you.


Using Free Services

One of the most important things you should avoid doing when using a VPN is using free VPN services. Of course, if you are using a mobile device, free VPNs aren’t the end of the world. However, if you are considering using a free VPN for your PC or laptop, you might want to reconsider that.

First, free VPN services do not have as many features as paid services. More importantly, many free VPN services keep logs of your online activity. If you are using a free option, you risk having your data sold by the VPN service you are using. Hence, it is far better to go for a painful option since these have very few data limits or restricted speeds, and they have top-level encryptions so that you can be sure that all of your information is safe.


Not Reading All It Offers

Much like using a free VPN service, a big mistake that you should avoid making when using a VPN is not reading all of the benefits that it offers. As mentioned above, many free VPNs will sell your information to advertisers, and many of them don’t have very good encryptions.

As such, before you even consider using a VPN, you should always read what features it offers, how they promise to protect you, and what they will do with your data. You should also probably consider reading a few reviews to see what users say.


Paying Every Month

Finally, paying for it every month is the last thing you should not do when using a VPN service. Many VPN services will trick you when showing you their pricing, especially for monthly payments. However, if you take a closer look, you would see that committing to a full year-long contract is cheaper. This is because the longer the contract, the more discount you will get on the total price.

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