Virtual Private NetworkThe use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) reinforces your security with an encrypted connection between your device and the internet, safe from unwanted eavesdroppers.

Keeping data secure while using public Wi-Fi is a major concern for everyone who works outside home networks. The use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) reinforces your security with an encrypted connection between your device and the internet, safe from unwanted eavesdroppers.

Although there are tons of free VPNs available, you’ll have to consider paying for one in the long run. Paid VPNs are faster with no ads, and typically comes with no bandwidth limit.

Paid VPNs are inexpensive, at an average of $5 per month. Before you buy yourself one though, here are some considerations you should take before deciding which to install.

Regional Restrictions

If you’re from outside US, you might have encountered regional restrictions on your favorite sites like Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon on Demand. Traditional VPN have a way of getting around these restrictions, just make your VPN has exit servers inside the US that makes you look like a US-based server.

Media Hint offers video consumption for overseas content. Media Hint is a Chrome browser extension that you can install with no required configuration. It offers US and UK streaming at $4 a month, or $39.50 a year.

Cross Platform Support

Another consideration would be VPN access on your mobile devices and tablets. Mobility is an important function in our busy daily lives so it’s best to consider your options wisely.

Bandwidth Limit

An ideal VPN would be one without bandwidth limit so you won’t have to worry no matter how many times you connect. Almost every VPN provides unlimited connections, but there are some that doesn’t. Better verify first.


Most VPNs keep usage history for short periods of time. You may want a VPN that doesn’t keep any record whatsoever. The logs that services keep include the time you connected, and even your IP address. A rundown of several VPN records and how they manage your privacy was conducted by Torrent Freak recently.

Before employing a particular VPN, it is wise to do a little research first. They are great for security and regional restrictions but not every VPN service provides the same conditions.

Have questions about running or deploy VPN technology in your Ottawa business?  Give your IT experts at Fuelled Networks at call right away.  We are here to ensure you have the right technology services to build your business upon.  Call (613) 828-1280 or email us at to learn more about using VPNs in your Ottawa business.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 11th July 2014 by Ernie Sherman.