Since our inception, our customers have enjoyed the ability to combine high-functioning, versatile, open source routers with the cyber-security benefits of VPN service providers. As our company has grown, so to has the list of VPN service providers we can support.
In the face of increasing online security challenges and Internet censorship around the world, the necessity of a VPN service is clear. But maybe you’re not sure if it’s something that suits you. Maybe it strikes you as too technical, or maybe the upsides seem too hazy.
So we decided to explain just how vital VPN services are in this day and age and why you should subscribe as soon as possible.
VPN Service Benefits
People choose to invest in a VPN service for a multitude of reasons. So while we acknowledge the variety of circumstances that lead people to choose VPN service, we thought we’d focus on some of the more universal ones. To start…
1) Increased Cybersecurity
This is the big one, and also the primary reason we recommend VPNs so forcefully. Major hacks and the exposure of sensitive online data has become so common that we maybe hear about a quarter of them. Being online is just not as safe as it used to be.
That’s why VPNs are so urgently important. When you log into your VPN, all of your information is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world. This is the best way to available to protect your e-mails, credit card numbers, and other sensitive data from would-be cyber-criminals. Many journalists depend on VPNs to keep the government out of their work.
It’s simple really: VPNs mean vastly improved cybersecurity. There are other good reasons (which we’ll get to shortly), but this is number one.
2) More Internet Freedom
As we mentioned above, all of your online activity is tunneled through encrypted servers set up all over the world when you log into your VPN. There are other benefits to this process than increased online security.
US Congress Privacy Rollbacks
For US users, the removal of safeguards from Internet Service Providers is enough to make anyone stop in their tracks and think about their personal Internet Privacy protection plan.
We don’t want to harp on this topic too heavily as it has been heavily covered of late but the potential outcome is truly nefarious and horrifying. What these Privacy Rollbacks will do is remove the protection of data collection barriers from ISPs so that the companies already charging you for Internet access can sell your activity to any advertiser or partner it chooses without any repercussions. To some this would be like removing the essential principle of the separation between church and state from the US Constitution. Sounds fair to us. :/
Bypassing Regional Restrictions While Traveling or Working
Pick an encrypted server set up in, say, London, you’re now assigned a London-based IP address. This means that every device on your VPN is operating as though it were in London. Consequently, you can stream anything Internet-based and limited to the UK.
You see where we’re going with this, right? Basically, this enables you to shake off the shackles of geographical Internet censorship. Live in a country than bans VoIPs like WhatsApp? VPNs are your friend. Just log in and pick a country with no WhatsApp restrictions.
3) Online Privacy
A good VPN is one that keeps no logs of activity. That would totally undercut the purpose of a VPN, right?
Freedom House released their latest findings on Internet freedom late last year, and here’s part of their assessment:
- Internet freedom around the world declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year.
- Two-thirds of all internet users – 67 percent – live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family are subject to censorship.
- Governments are increasingly going after messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, which can spread information quickly and securely.
VPNs allow you to escape the purview of unusually invasive governments and their surveillance laws. Your time online is yours, and not data to be eventually passed off to the first investigative agency that comes knocking. Secure your Internet and roam it in peace.
FlashRouters VPN Integration Experts
Like we said up top, FlashRouters partners with a great deal of the best VPN service providers around. If you’d like to purchase one of our supremely powerful DD-WRT or Tomato routers with VPN service pre-installed, then it better be featured on our supported provider list.
The benefits of combining VPNs and FlashRouters also go beyond getting your router with VPN pre-installed. FlashRouters offers all kinds of alternative VPN setups, which simplify your VPN experience and make it considerably more effective.
If you’re wondering where you should start in your VPN search, here’s a sample of some of our current customer favorites:
- ExpressVPN – Now offering the easiest to use custom plug and play VPN router solutions. Top performance in Asia and Australia.
- IPVanish – Level 1 server speeds worldwide & popular in countries like Saudi Arabia & the UAE.
- NordVPN – Top service for users in the EU.
- PrivateInternetAccess – Always a VPN service budget favorite.
These are all terrific choices. However, should none of these appeal to you, there’s a whole supported provider list waiting to assist you.
Again, VPN service is a must in this day and age. Therefore, the time has come to act. Protect your wireless network. Protect your sensitive data with a VPN.