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Anonymous VPN Service - 3 Misconceptions
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Many people want to us an anonymous VPN service to hide their IP address. When you sign up, you should know a bit about VPN services, what they offer, what you should be looking for, and what to avoid. I started using VPN services a while back when I lived in China for a couple years, and discovered that there's more that they can do than jumping the GFW. Here are three things to remember about your anonymous VPN service.

1. There are more privacy settings than the VPN itself

VPNs are often advertised as the end all to privacy online. However, there's more to it that just flicking on the VPN connection. When you browse the internet, there are still many forces at work trying to build and online profile of you. You've got to turn off browser history and clear what's already been collected. You've got to clear your browser cache, turn off cookies, and clear those that have already been dropped. You've got to sign out of your Facebook account, sign out of your Gmail account, and any other software that may be running under your real name. If you sign up for membership sites, be sure to know when you want to use your real email address because it can be a footprint back to you.

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2. VPN services are not to be used for crime

The whole idea of 'anonymity' online has a kind of shady reputation to it, and it seems that VPNs might be used for spam, identity theft, or other types of cyber crime. The truth is that they are. But this doesn't mean that they condone it, and though a VPN service keeps your online activity invisible, a VPN service can still find you if they need to. It works like this.

When you sign up for a VPN service, you have to give some sort of payment method. It may be Paypal or a credit card number. When you sign in, a time is logged, and attached to your username. Though your activity while connected to the VPN is not recorded, the fact that you are using that IP address is. If this 'virtual IP address' is caught doing something illegal, something to break international laws or the laws of the country where the provider operates, a court order can be given for them to hand over your personal information. This policy is enforced to keep abusive users and criminals from having a legal way to commit crime anonymously.

3. Customer service is important

Though it may seem that one or another VPN service will be 'the fastest', there are a few things that need to be taken into account. How many other users are signed into the VPN server? What country is the VPN server located in? What are you doing online? Are there any technical issues with the VPN? Do you have the latest version of the VPN?

And there are a number of ways to solve these problems. You can contact customer support. You can sign into another VPN server. You can restart the VPN software or restart your computer. You can reinstall the VPN software.

Because technology is bound to have some sort of tech-issue at one time or another, if you're not very computer savvy, or don't have the time/desire to be, having an anonymous VPN service with good customer service is important. Some VPN services take 2 or 3 days to answer support tickets, and live support doesn't' always have the technical skill to solve these problems.


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