Are VPNs Worth It?

When we ask ourselves if something is “worth it,” it’s a proposition about whether something is a worthy investment— either monetarily or through some other benefit. 

Quick answers:

  • Do VPNs offer value for their cost? Yes, the good ones are worth the money.
  • Do VPNs offer other intrinsic benefits? Yes, they keep you safe and secure online, in addition to other benefits discussed below.

Additionally, you may be wondering, “Is it worth the time and effort to read up on VPNs?”

  • Be a savvy shopper and do your homework.  Sure, research takes a bit of time, but trust us— consumer education is always worth it, to ensure you receive great service and superior protection for your money.

What Kind of Value Am I Getting?

According to experts at PC Magazine, “A VPN is a uniquely powerful tool that you should definitely have in your personal security toolkit.”

To dig deeper, start by asking additional questions:

Is your peace of mind worth it? 

Most people today live, work and play online, to varying degrees.  We order take-out and groceries online. We do our gift shopping online. We keep up with friends on social media and pay friends through mobile apps. We sign up for coupons and so much more.  Make no mistake—if you have any online presence, you are statistically at some risk for security and privacy issues.  VPNs provide the kind of security and peace of mind that no other technology will for such an affordable price.  It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. 

Is another layer of personal identity theft protection worth it?

While there are other paid identity-theft products, doesn’t it make sense to take advantage of an added layer of protection with the VPN service you’re already using?  An identity protection company offers one service while VPNs keep you secure, private and able to bypass regional and government-based censorship laws.  It’s a better bang for your buck.  And if you already have an identity theft product, there’s no reason you can’t also use a VPN on top of it.

What specific benefits do VPNs offer? 

They safeguard your data when using unsecure public WiFi, unblock regionally-restricted entertainment content like Netflix or Hulu, encrypt your data to serve as an added firewall, and secure your online communication (e.g., texts, Snapchat, Skype, Facetime, emails, etc.)

Is a few bucks a month worth your privacy?

You watch the news, right? You’ve seen story after story of big box stores, banks, governments and other agencies that has been hacked by cybercriminals.  So, think of it this way— do you want to invest a few bucks a month now, or potentially pay hundreds or even thousands you might have to spend to reclaim stolen identity (credit cards, driver’s license, financial info), to debug your computers and devices, to pay lawyer’s fees and everything else involved with cyber-fraud.

Are ALL VPNs Worth it?

Now that we’ve established that using a VPN is worth the small monthly investment, and is certainly worth the value added to your quality of life (through improved privacy and security), let’s look at which VPNs are worth using.  After all, not all VPNs are created equally.

First things first, avoid any free VPNs—they sell your private data to make money.  Look for subscription-based paid VPNs that are well-respected by experts and customers.

Read industry reviews and pay attention to customer feedback on forums.  Customer reviews can reveal a lot that even professional reviewers might overlook.  Also, be sure to research a VPN’s privacy policies and terms of use.

To get the most worth out of your VPN, you want to find a company that does the following:

  • Clearly and simply states their security standards and describe the quality of privacy technology used.
  • Guarantee strict no-logging policies so you know you can trust them with your privacy.
  • Utilize kill switches that disconnect you from your current browsing session if anything bad happens to ensure you are never unprotected. 

In closing, consider this analysis from a reviewer at HuffPo, “The importance of VPN is worth much more than a few dollars’ investments in this “track-covering” software, and will save you much more at the long run. 

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