You may have heard about the latest NSA scandal regarding Edward Snowden and ISPs throttling websites (sometimes even charging the websites to have a "fast lane.") Now how do you protect yourself and get the speed you paid for? By using a virtual private network (VPN ).
What is a VPN? A VPN is a virtual tunnel between your device and a VPN provider's servers with your data being sent and received encrypted. This data cannot be tracked by anyone, including your ISP.
Why should I use a VPN? For Spotify duh! If your work, school, even your house blocks Spotify, a VPN can get pass those blocks so you'll be free to stream whatever you want, even without the ISP or anyone else knowing. Plus since that data being sent and received is encrypted, you will be protected against "sniffers" and hackers on a hotspot or Wi-Fi.
There is a ton of VPN providers to choose from, who do I go with? It all depends on your price range and what you want (or need). Some VPN providers log information about you, which can be later used against you. If you want more privacy, go with a VPN provider that has little to no logging. Personally, I use CyberGhost. They're cheap, fast, and they don't log.
The best part about CyberGhost is they have free servers. Although, your speeds are limited a max of 1Mbps (depending on how well the server is doing, you may get faster speeds.) 1Mbps is just enough to stream Spotify and do a little browsing. If you want to upgrade, right now they have a deal where you get servers in 5 countries (US, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, and Netherlands) for $9.99USD for 365 days. That's the cheapest I've seen around.
With VPNs, you most likely will experience a reduction in internet, but with CyberGhost, I see an increase. Yes, an increase. I pay my ISP for seeds 50Mbps/10Mbps and as we all know, you don't always get the highest speed. I see speeds around 130Mbps/10Mbps with CyberGhost. At first I didn't believe it, but after doing some downloading and looking at my networks stats it was true.
Do you guys use a VPN? If so, let me know in the comments! If not, feel free to comment anything! 😄