I love doing business on the internet, however, I have concerns about my security and privacy online. Personally, I don't want to leave anything to chance or give scammers, spammers, and hackers the opportunity to ruin my experience on the web. That's why I've started to use a VPN. I recommend you should too.
One of the greatest joys of running a blog or online biz is that you can do so from almost anywhere on the planet.
Pretty much everywhere these days offer WiFi or internet hotspots.
But let me ask you something, do you feel safe when using any of these public internet hotspots?
Have you heard of a VPN?
In this post, I'll share with you why I think every smart blogger should consider using a reliable VPN, as well as share with you 4 of the best VPNs currently available for bloggers.
Let's get to it.
One of the things I love doing as a blogger is to write content from the comfort of... well, 'anywhere'.
One of my favorite places to go is my local Starbucks coffee shop which provides very good WiFi. However, recently doing this has started to worry me.
Because of my security and privacy, mostly.
Did you know that by the year 2021, cybercrime will cost the world a jaw-dropping $6 trillion annually?
And, according to this source, the biggest concern for cybercrime in the US is indeed identity theft.
If you're a blogger or run an online business, and if you travel a lot, you should be somewhat concerned, especially if your activities require you to access the public internet.
If you have any doubts about your privacy and security, then there is a solution my friend.
Get yourself set up with a reliable and robust VPN provider.
If you're new to all of this and don't know what a VPN is or what it's used for, let me explain very briefly.
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.
Using a VPN can help you protect your identity by hiding your IP and location from third parties, but most crucially, from potential hackers and cybercriminals.
If you run a business online, for instance, and need to send things like important documents, sensitive data, or log into financial accounts of any kind, it's always best to do so over a private secured network when in a public place, right?
Luckily, there are quite a few good VPN service providers available right now, however, choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you're not entirely sure what to look for.
So, the first thing you need to do is some good old research.
When you are online, usually all of your activities, including what websites you visit, what data you enter or download, even your location, and so forth can be monitored.
In public places, for instance, if a public WiFi becomes compromised, you can become at risk of cybercriminal activities without even knowing about it.
A VPN simply adds a multi-layer of security and encryption, using a tunnel system, whenever you send or receive data from your computer to a website.
There are a variety of things to look for, however, the main things to keep in mind when searching for the best VPN service for your needs are -
OK, so below I've outlined, what I believe to be, four of the best VPN providers for bloggers and online business owners for 2018.
Take a look at each one before deciding which to use.
Let me start with the VPN provider that I use myself and recommend, Private Internet Access (PIA).
PIA has more than 3,000 servers located worldwide, so accessibility is good. And, getting set up is instant. I was surprised how quickly I was able to have PIA set up on my MacBook Pro. I was ready to roll within just a few minutes.
PIA offers some of the most affordable packages around.
At the time of writing this post, their yearly plan costs as little as $3.33 per month ($39.95 for the year), usually $84.40 for the year.
Or, you can signup and pay monthly at $6.95 per month.
Click here to learn more or to signup for Private Internet Access.
NordVPN is one of the most popular and trusted VPN providers in the business.
The company boasts more than 2,000 servers located in 56 different countries worldwide.
Like Private Internet Access, you get a host of great features with all plans, including -
At the time of writing this post, prices start from $5.75 per month paid yearly. There's also a monthly plan at $11.95 per month.
Click here to learn more or to signup for NordVPN.
ExpressVPN is another trusted VPN provider, with over 1700 ultra-fast servers located across 148 cities in 94 countries.
Their list of features include -
ExpressVPN's plans are not the cheapest in the business.
They have three plans to choose from. $12.95 per month, paid monthly. $9.99 per month paid every six months.
Click here to learn more, or to sign up for ExpressVPN.
IPVanish is yet another popular and reliable top-tier VPN service provider. In fact, their website goes as far to say that they are the best in the business.
The list of features provided by IPVanish includes -
Their pricing structure is plain and simple.
You can pay for 1 year at $6.49 per month (Billed at $77.99 per year).
Or, you can pay monthly at $11.99 per month.
Or, you can pay for three months at $8.99 per month (Billed at $26.99 every three months).
Click here to learn more, or to sign up for IPVanish.
Whoever you decided to use in the end, the main thing is that you actually consider using a VPN.
If you don't feel that you need one just yet, I'm sure that at some stage in the future you will consider signing up.
The web is a wonderful place and offers incredible opportunities for those who are smart enough to know how to use it.
That being said, concerns about privacy, security, identity theft, spam, and all the rest of it are growing issues for a lot of folks.
If you run a blog or online business, my personal recommendation is to start using a reliable VPN as soon as you can.
The best of luck.