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The ultimate cheat sheet for finding the best VPN

Published Mar 14th, 2016 4:40PM EDT
How To Pick The Right VPN

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VPNs are wonderful things but with so many options out there, which one should you choose to help you protect your privacy online? LifeHacker points us to a spreadsheet that’s available through Google Docs right now that gives you a complete rundown of the pluses and minuses of all the major VPNs right now and it’s a terrific resource for anyone who wants a better understand of what to look for in a VPN.

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The sheet lists several different characteristics that different VPNs may have, including whether they work across platforms, whether they do any kind of key logging such as time stamps and IP addresses, whether they accept Bitcoin, and whether they require any of your personal information. You should note that very few VPNs let you use them without giving them any information about yourself, although many of them will only require that you give them an email address.

As LifeHacker writes, every VPN is a bit of a mixed bag so you need to choose what you want most from your VPN when making your selection. For example, some VPNs may have few persistent cookies and external trackers, but may also be more expensive. Cheaper VPNs, meanwhile, might not have the strongest privacy protections.

At any rate, you can check out the full spreadsheet for yourself at this link.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.