“If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What's more, you deserve to be hacked” - Richard Clarke, former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States
I recently switched the VPN service I use on my MacBook, iPhone and iPad. When I first started caring about my personal cybersecurity I thought all VPNs were created equal...that thought was beyond wrong.
I used SurfEasy VPN for a little over a year and recently began having a lot of problems with it. For one, the VPN would never, never and I mean NEVER connect. I would have to restart my phone multiple times during the day just to get the VPN to reconnect so I could use it, a little annoying to say the least, especially when it's supposed to be a pretty highly rated PAID VPN service.
However, for the time it did work for me I did not have many problems. It may have just been the wireless networks I was connecting to or my wireless carrier but after multiple reinstalls of the app I finally gave up.
I switched to PIA VPN and it has been an exceptional experience so far. The interface is much cleaner and easier to use than SurfEasy and connects SO MUCH FASTER. I have had a couple of problems connecting but it has been maybe one major time in the last month. All it took was a quick on/off switch of the VPN and it went back to working perfectly again.
In comparison, both of the services are pretty much identical. PIA is slightly cheaper than SurfEasy but they both provide protection for up to 5 devices and have servers all over the world.
So, if you are in the market for a VPN I would encourage you to explore all of the options out there, because as I said THEY ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL. PC Mag has a pretty extensive list here on all of the highly rated VPN options, which they tested and reviewed.
Leave a comment with what VPN service you use and your experience with it!
(I was in no way paid to write this review for either service, even though I wouldn't have objected...¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
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