Consumer Reports: How to choose a VPN

How do you know which VPN is right for you? Consumer Reports offers some guidelines.

Posted: May 7, 2018 4:08 AM

HOW TO CHOOSE A VPN


With stories of widespread hackings and websites selling your data, we all want to know how to keep our digital lives private and secure.  One easy way is to use a VPN -- or virtual private network -- on your computer and smartphone. But how do you know which one is right for you?  Consumer Reports offers some guidelines.


Most good VPNs will have encryption. That will secure your data going back and forth. And it’s not just for businesses. Consumer Reports says anyone who uses public WiFi--like at a coffee shop or airport--would be wise to use a VPN. But, if you have to add in codes or put in a password, it may not get used and a VPN that isn’t used is not going to protect you.


Another thing to look for is whether the company keeps a log of your activity. Some VPNs make no bones about the fact that they are collecting and selling your data, which is kind of antithetical to the idea of a VPN in the first place.


This is more common among free VPNs, but if you’re willing to pay for privacy, a typical service for consumers will run you about 5-10 bucks a month. Businesses will likely pay more. But the peace of mind really sweetens the deal.


And this isn’t just for people who use public WiFi. Consumer Reports says you can also use it in your own home so that your internet service provider can’t keep track of what you are looking at or shopping for -- because they can collect your data too.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30060

Reported Deaths: 521
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah6690129
Marion433689
Washington420858
Umatilla288141
Clackamas219961
Malheur147023
Jackson10073
Lane91314
Deschutes73912
Yamhill72114
Jefferson5038
Polk48915
Morrow4775
Lincoln47013
Linn44913
Union4352
Klamath2672
Benton2476
Hood River2400
Wasco2303
Douglas1953
Josephine1802
Columbia1481
Coos1340
Clatsop1060
Baker892
Crook601
Tillamook470
Lake290
Wallowa281
Curry260
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam70
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Overcast
60° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 60°
Corvallis
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 59°
Roseburg
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 61°
North Bend
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 61°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events