It has been a while since I started to have some thoughts regarding how to safely browse the web, check my e-mails or communicate with people. One of the easiest steps to avoid being spied by your own Internet Service Provider (ISP) or by your own government is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This technology allows you to route all the information through a third-party server; your ISP will see that you are communicating only with that provider and if you add encryption to the mix, you are sealed off. This is normally used for browsing websites that have been blocked by the local government, but it can also be used to avoid your information being sold.
Now, using a VPN does not guarantee that your information is not being spied on by someone else; especially with free software, you are just changing your ISP for an unknown company somewhere in the world. That is why you need to trust your VPN provider as much as you trust your ISP. In the past few months I’ve tested several different services until I’ve found ProtonVPN.
I was a bit disappointed by the speed and reliability I was getting with paid providers, such as NordVPN and IPVanish. They were disconnecting, the bandwidth was severely reduced. ProtonVPN was born from the same developers that created ProtonMAIL; a bunch of scientists from CERN that were concerned about privacy and security after Snowden’s case; so far the speed and the uptime were incredible; it is behaving exactly as what I was expecting from a VPN and I’m trying out the free version. I was motivated to write this post, just because I’ve found a service that works as it should, without pretensions.