Why should you use a VPN?

In this article we will discuss the age old question of “Why should I use a VPN?”

Many people ask the above question and are of the mindset that they’ve nothing to hide so why should they need and use a VPN. The choice is everyones right to have however we will give points both for using and against.

Pros :

  1. You can hide your online identity – Since our VPN masks your IP Address and gives you a totally different one your digital footprints cannot be traced. This protects you from snooping by the governments, attackers and your ISP.
  2. You can unlock geo-restricted content – Since our VPN gives you a new IP Address (hides your own) in the country of your choice this helps you unlock geo-restricted content not normally available in your country. This can be anything from your favorite streaming platform to a news website across the pond.
  3. Bandwidth Throttling – Many issues users face without a VPN is their ISP throttling/restricting speeds on their connection be it to an IPTV provider or legal streaming platform. Whilst using our VPN all of your internet traffic is encrypted meaning they can’t (easily) throttle you or see what sites you browse.
  4. Bypass Firewalls – Whilst at work or on a public wifi network you may face the dreaded site/service blocked message due to the providers blocking categories of sites. Using our VPN not only is your connection secured whilst on a public wifi network but it also unlocks these sites. You can even bypass the great firewall of China!
  5. Torrenting – Torrenting whilst not using a VPN can and will get you in trouble with a desist letter from your ISP. Whilst you connect to torrents your IP Address is on show which can be tracked back to you. If you connect to our VPN whilst torrenting only our servers IP is exposed, and we don’t log so can’t comply with any requests for information on you.

Cons :

  1. Speeds – Whilst connecting to our or any VPN you will naturally notice a slight decrease in speed (compared to your usual speeds from the ISP). This is the nature of the VPN protocol due to encryption of the traffic. If you have a decent speed with your ISP you may not even notice a drop in speeds.
  2. Device Compatability – Not all devices are compatible with using the VPN directly on the device, this can include games consoles and tv’s. To combat this if you have a router capable of OPENVPN Client setup you can put all or specific devices behind the VPN at router level removing the need to install the VPN on said device.
  3. Reliability/Cost – The biggest downfall when it comes to a VPN is the reliability of the service and the cost. These 2 come hand in hand as cheapest does not always mean the best service and vise versa. Choose carefully when selecting a VPN and you wont have to look back.

Cut out the middle man with our in-house DNS

We see time after time fly-by-night VPN providers who claim to be secure and have their users best interests at heart yet they fail to run their own custom DNS servers. Think of it as you have a nice secure door that’s locked but you leave the keys under the doormat.

That’s why VPNILY have setup our own in house DNS servers on EVERY VPN node. That ensures your not leaking dns queries to your ISP or other entities such as Cloudflare.

Check it out for yourself. Head on over to https://dnsleaktest.com and run a standard test. You should only ever see the VPN IP address and not your own. Same for the DNS server section it should only be our dns server listed.