The Most Suitable VPN Services for Columbia Students

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VPN is gaining rising popularity from tech-savvy Gen Y students. A recent survey by Columbia’s IT department from that 1 in 4 students are using VPNs. Virtual Private Networks are especially handy when trying to access geo-restricted educational links and entertainment sites. For any Columbia student looking to get started with a VPN, here’s what you need to look for:

Find a free VPN service

Free VPN is not a myth. There are various VPN service providers that offer VPN services at no cost. You may not get the high volume of service that you would receive with a paid option, but most free packages are pretty decent. A standard free VPN package is useful for occasional hits to restricted links – they don’t have to be lightning quick like many of the more expensive VPNs.

Conduct a comparative study

Make a list of 4-5 potential VPN service providers. Ask your classmates, friends and consult online VPN guides. Once you make the shortlist, the next step is to get a comparative review on all of them. Study their market reputation, customer reviews and expert ratings. Check what the reviews have to say about speed, bandwidth and support.

Number of countries

Check out the number of countries the VPN provider can provide access to. Make sure the list includes all countries that restrict your IP address.

No time & data limitations

Some free VPN providers put limitations on data and time. However, some generous VPN companies that don’t bind users with any data or time restrictions. Ensure you check a potential VPN provider’s limits on time and data usage.

No information log

This is another important point to check when it comes to choosing a VPN service. You must be careful about those VPN providers who sell a user’s internet history. Before you sign up, read the privacy policy of the company thoroughly to find out any hints of misuse of user data. The best companies are very clear about maintaining a “no information log” policy. The most reliable ones will never record or track your browsing history or web activities.

Versatile security protocols

Your chosen VPN service provider should offer a versatile selection of VPN protocols. This way you can choose one as per your needs and convenience. The best ones allow users to select from all major protocols like OpenVPN, PPTP, IPSec etc.

Support for both laptop and mobile

You are not going to carry your laptop everywhere. Your smartphone is usually your best friend when roaming around campus. Therefore, check beforehand whether or not your chosen VPN assures support for both mobile and laptop devices.

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