What if you want to set up VPN access on servers in China, for more than one family member, on your home router, or the like?
- How many concurrent connections are allowed?
You will need more concurrent connections to the service or if you are particularly security oriented, you would like to configure the equipment to use various different exit nodes so your household traffic and collective personal is not all bundled together.
At minimum, you need a service which allows for at least 2 concurrent connections; practically speaking at the more the better and with the ability to link your router to the VPN network is preferable.
- Do they throttle connections, limit bandwidth or restrict services?
ISP throttling is one of the causes many people turn to VPN networks in the first place, so paying additional for a VPN service on top of your broadband bill just to get throttled all over again is a terrible proposition. This’s one of those topics some VPNs are not transparent perfectly, about so it helps to do a little digging on Google.
Bandwidth restrictions may not have been a big deal in the pre-streaming era, but now that everybody is streaming music, videos and more, the bandwidth burns up quickly. Avoiding VPN server China free that impose bandwidth very high and intended allows the provider to police people abusing the service.
In that vein, a paid VPN service restricting you to GBs worth of data is not reasonable unless you are only using it for occasional, basic browsing. A service with fine print which restricts you to X number of TBs of data is acceptable, but unlimited bandwidth should be expected.
Finally, read the fine print to see if they restrict any services and protocols you wish to use the service for. If you want to use the service for file sharing, read the fine print to make sure that your file sharing service is not blocked. Again, while it is typical to see VPN providers restrict services back in the day, it is more popular today to find VPNs with an anything – goes policy.
- What kind of logs, if any, do they keep?
Most VPNs will not keep any logs of user activity. Not only is this of benefit to their customers, it is also of huge benefit to them. Many of the largest VPN providers will tell you as much: not only do they have no interest in keeping logs, but given the sheer size of their operation they cannot even start to set aside the disk space to do that.
Though some VPNs will note that they keep logs for a very minimum window so as to facilitate maintenance and make sure that their network runs smoothly, there is so little reason to settle for anything less than zero logging.
- What payment methods do they offer?
If you are purchasing a VPN for securing your traffic against snooping Wi-Fi nodes while going far away, or to route your traffic securely back to the US, anonymous payment methods may be not a high priority for you.
If you are purchasing a VPN to avoid political persecution or wish to remain as anonymous as possible, then you will be more interested in services allowing for payment through anonymous sources such as gift cards or cryptocurrency.
A number of VPN servers China providers have systems in place where they can accept gift cards from major retailers like Wal-Mart or Target in exchange for VPN credit. You can buy a gift card to any number of big box stores that uses cash, redeem it for VPN credit and avoid using your personal credit card or checking information.