One of the main reasons people choose to sign up with a VPN provider is for the added security it brings when browsing the internet. With a Virtual Private Network behind you, any information you send over the internet is encrypted. This means even if it is intercepted no one can read it as it does not make sense. It gives anonymity online. However, this raises the question of whether you can trust providers to keep you secure and not spy on you themselves.
When considering this question you also need to consider that not all providers are equal. There are free VPNs out there and paid ones, with some being better than others.
Can I trust a free provider?
First off, we want to start by saying that if you want to be sure you can trust the provider, avoid the free ones.
It can be tempting to go with a provider that is not going to charge you monthly but you have to ask yourself how the provider can do that.
VPN providers that charge a monthly fee obviously get an income that pays for the servers and features offered. However, how do the free providers make their money?
One of the ways they make money is by logging the activity of users and then selling it on for marketing purposes. Companies will pay well to find out what you do online, the websites you visit, where you shop and what you purchase.
So choosing a paid provider is the first step to finding a trustworthy provider.
What to look for in a VPN provider
So, you know the paid providers are the best choice, but how do you choose a provider out of the many out there?
Below you can find three things to consider when deciding which Virtual Private Network provider to choose.
A strict no-logging policy
One of the first things to look for in a provider is a no-logging policy.
A no-log policy means that the provider does not collect any information about how you use the service or very little information.
Many of the most popular and well-known providers, such as ExpressVPN and NordVPN make it clear that they have a strict no-logging policy in place.
Providers such as this welcome independent audits and come out in great light. If they are transparent and welcome income audits, you can be sure you can trust the provider with your data.
The location of the provider
Where the provider is located is another factor to consider.
Some providers are located in regions around the world that fall under the watchful eyes of the 5 Eyes, 9 Eyes and 14 Eyes intelligence agencies.
This means countries such as the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and others all share information. If a VPN from one country shares your information, they can also share it with other countries.
So, try to choose a provider in a country that does not belong to the intelligence agencies to ensure your data cannot be shared. Of course, if the provider has a no-log policy they do not collect information so have nothing to share.
Check customer reviews
Finally, you can check customer reviews about the provider. Trustworthy providers will not be shy at sharing reviews left by their customers and this can give you a good idea of whether the provider is trustworthy.
You might also wish to check reviews on providers on websites and review sites.