VPN’s Pros While Traveling
While traveling, we continue doing the things on the Internet that we are used to doing such as reading news, checking email, making online payments, or posting pictures in our social media accounts.
These routine actions may seem to be inoffensive but performing them outside your password-protected network, you jeopardize your personal data. Connecting to public or semipublic Wi-Fi at the train station, airport, hotel, café or another public area you make your credit card details, passwords, photos, and other information identity thieves’ target.
Moreover, being outside of your home country you are likely not to be able to use some of the websites you prefer due to the restrictions and censorship in that particular country. The list of such countries is quite big. It includes China, Indonesia, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and many more. For instance, in Thailand, you can’t access The Daily Mail to read the latest news. In Bali, you can’t watch Vimeo videos. In China, you can’t access Instagram to post updates about your amazing holidays.
Get ready to travel with VPN
All these problems can be easily solved with a good VPN, which is a must-have for a modern traveler. Encrypting your connection with VPN, you ensure yourself comfort and information security during your holidays.
However, you may face some pitfalls, such as low speeds or logging in problems, which may cause frustration. Here are some tips that will help you optimize your VPN-travelling experience and enjoy your holidays to the full.
A lot of Wi-Fi networks in resort hotels provide an extremely slow connection at peak times, while you still have to pay per minute for such unreliable access trying to load a page with VPN on in vain. In this case, it’s better to change a VPN server location, and the best option is to use a nearby location, that is to choose a country that is closer to your current location.
Logging in problems
There is a possibility that you may face troubles with logging in to a public Wi-Fi hotspot that requires entering credentials provided by a café (or another public place) with your VPN on. In this case, you need to disconnect your VPN just for the time required to log in, and once you’re successfully connected, turn your VPN on. Do it as fast as possible and always remember to reactivate your VPN before using any app or site.
If you’ve got an unsteady connection or the Internet stops working at all for some time, your VPN may disconnect and not connect automatically again. Thus, always make sure your VPN connection stays active by keeping an eye on the icon in the notification or taskbar.
Tying a laptop to a phone with VPN on
If you’re on ‘workation’ and need to access, for example, your company sensitive data, VPN is a must. So using a laptop, it’s better to have a VPN on it, because there may be troubles with tying an Android phone to a laptop to ensure a secure connection. This limitation is common within new Android versions and allows using VPN OR tying to the laptop — not both options at the same time. While iPhones allow tying and remaining VPN on the phone active, but in this case, your data on the laptop won’t be encrypted.
Stay safe online
The bottom line is, you can relieve some stresses associated with traveling abroad and protect your privacy simply by having a VPN. Equip your device with VPN protection to browse freely in any part of the world, but make sure to do it before arriving in the destination country cause the VPN download pages are often blocked.