5 VPN Myths That Will Help You Decide If You Need One

Myth: You Don't Need One Unless You're Doing Something Illegal

Myth: You Don't Need One Unless You're Doing Something Illegal

One of the biggest misunderstandings existing about VPN use is that you only need one if you're up to no good. This is usually in reference to illegal downloading of movies and music, etc, and could also relate to a whole bunch of who-knows-what illegal stuff. They're also commonly used to get around legal blocks in your area of the world and by-passing geo-restrictions. But there are other reasons you might want one.

In essence, the VPN's job is to encrypt your data, and thereby providing security. So you might want to use one, even if you're not downloading a few seasons of Game of Thrones. Any time your data could be at risk, such as when you're accessing a public hotspot, is a good time to have a VPN.

Myth: It'll Slow Down Your Connection

Myth: It'll Slow Down Your Connection

It's often said that, because your VPN will route all of your data through a server in who-knows-where, that will automatically translate in to snail-pace browsing speed. Of course, the VPN is limited to whatever speed of your actual connection to the internet, first of all. And secondly, it depends largely on where the server you're connecting to is located.

Instead of worrying about all of that, why not start by researching and choosing a VPN provider with well-maintained servers in different locations. Then you've got a chance of enjoying the speeds you've grown accustomed to.



Myth: A Free VPN Is Good Enough

Myth: A Free VPN Is Good Enough

They really aren't. I mean, they might be alright, but not necessarily great, considering the relatively cheap price you can get one for that will do a far greater job. You don't have to spend your whole pay packet to get a sound VPN.

Let's face it, why would they give you something for nothing. Would you if you were in the same shoes? There's a lot of restrictions which vary from one provider to the next, but you'll be far better off spending just a few bucks per month, you cheapskate!

Myth: All VPNs Are Pretty Much The Same

Myth: All VPNs Are Pretty Much The Same

While a Lamborghini is a car, so is my Hyundai. So yeah, we can call them both "cars" if we want, but we all know they do completely different jobs. The good thing where VPNs are concerned is that the gap in cost is not so extreme.

Some are simply better at data encryption than others, so it pays to do a bit of research and find the best one. Why pay for a VPN that doesn't work properly? You might as well have purchased a toaster or a fork?



Myth: Using A VPN Means I Can Do What I Want And Not Get Caught

Myth: Using A VPN Means I Can Do What I Want And Not Get Caught

This is NOT true and it's very important to understand that. You can't just forget about staying safe, as even though you're using a VPN, you may still be prone to phishing attempts or keyloggers. Obviously, you still need to be concerned with suspicious emails and do your best to protect yourself when using public WiFi.

You can protect yourself with VPN, but not enough to forget to be smart.