One important thing you need to remember when subscribing to a VPN: don’t buy until you are sure that the VPN is the real deal.
The demand for VPN has gone up over the last couple of years as more people are becoming internet-dependent by the day.
People now tend to spend more time online than any other kind of activity since a whole lot of stuff can already be done on the internet.
With the need for a VPN on the rise, users often rush into buying a VPN service to completely hide their IP address from the internet without doing actual research on which VPNs work and which ones are bogus.
A VPN can “definitely” work wonders in keeping users anonymous while they are engaged in their online activities – well, that is if the VPN they are using is indeed reliable.
Whether buying physical goods or virtual products such as a VPN service, it is essential that one must always resist impulse buying.
There are indeed a lot of VPN services around, but the truth is only a number of these so-called ‘Best VPNs’ work well.
This article will help you determine the lousy VPN services out there to avoid getting ripped off. The guide will hopefully help you choose the right VPN service so you can enjoy genuinely anonymous and private browsing habits.
Thoroughly Check the Website
Indeed, a website is the face of a company.
When shopping for a VPN service, see to it that the VPN’s website is up-to-date and has all the necessary information about the company and its products as well.
If you find any copy-pasted content, then beware with that VPN service.
Take for instance a VPN called PerfectVPN. If you check their website, it does not ‘really’ look professional at all. Instead, it seems like it was only set up by a third-grader.
There is nothing wrong with simplicity, but in this sense, PerfectVPN’s website does not live up to its name for being the ‘perfect’ VPN.
Also, some information on the website is outdated. There is still an icon for AlertPay which is no longer operational since 2012 (AlertPay has now transitioned to Payza).
Even the graphics on the site are entirely pre-historic.
So, look for a VPN service that takes pride in all aspect of their service – be it their products or their website.
Make sure you browse through their website to check for consistencies in providing complete, accurate, and relevant information.
Validate Server Information
The more servers the VPN provides, the more it will sell.
That’s just how things work in the VPN market.
And so many VPN service providers are misleading potential customers with false server/location offerings.
So how would you know if the VPN is lying to you about its server locations?
It might be difficult to know the exact number or locations of their servers. What you can do is to look out for inconsistencies of server information stated on their website.
If on the landing page it was mentioned that the VPN has this number of servers, while on another page it says a different figure – that’s a red flag right there.
Ideally, you would want to support a VPN company that is transparent with its offerings.
If they only have ten servers, that’s fine as long as all servers are correctly working. If they’ll lie about their VPN servers, what more are they not telling, right?
There are a lot of VPN services out there that have inconsistent information regarding their VPN servers.
For all, we know this might just be another marketing gimmick to entice users to subscribe to their VPN service.
Or it may be due to sloppiness in updating the information, or simply they just can’t be trusted.
An example of a VPN providing inconsistent server count information is Privatevpn.com. On its homepage, it states that it has around 100+ servers.
But when you check its servers page, it only mentions having 80+ VPN servers. While this difference may be negligible, it still says a lot about the company’s reliability.
Look Out for Fake Reviews
Product reviews are gold because they can either influence others from buying or discourage them from supporting specific products or even an entire company for that matter.
Fake reviews are worse than ever.
The rise in counterfeit reviews online are making it difficult for consumers to determine the actual, honest-to-goodness reviews, comments, and testimonials with those that get written with malice.
There are two types of fake reviews nowadays. There are those positive fake reviews, and then there are the negative fake reviews.
Well, there, in fact, is no difference between these two types of fake reviews as both attempts to trick consumers into buying specific products.
Bad VPN services tend to provide dubious reviews on their website to make it appear that they are legit and are the best in the industry.
Fake reviews usually sound like infomercials.
In other words, you will only read about good stuff about the VPN without providing proof whatsoever of the company’s greatness.
If the VPN was that good, it would most likely be the top search on Google. Don’t you think so?
Nevertheless, newer VPNs are usually the culprit when it comes to misleading customers with fake/bias reviews.
We found a VPN that seems pretty suspicious regarding its customer reviews. BartVPN has a review page that looks ‘really’ well done.
To the extent that most reviewers posted their photos as if a single person took them.
There were also no dates when the reviews got posted. They also did not link to the social media accounts of the said reviewers, so there is no way of checking the credibility of these people.
Also, the Google Play app is nowhere for you to found.
Check Availability of Customer Support
If the VPN service does not offer any customer support, then that’s a red flag right there.
How can you ask for help if you encounter particular problems with the product?
Also, no customer support means it would be impossible to even ask for a refund.
Some VPN providers do offer customer support but will disappear on you when the time comes that you actually need help.
Other VPN companies just choose not to offer any way to get reached – and we really don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to establish a connection and good relationship with its customers.
When shopping for a VPN service, see to it that its customer support service has these essential elements: availability, dependability, right knowledge, and most importantly won’t cause any more problems than what you are already dealing with.
Smaller or newer VPN services may not be able to provide a 24/7 customer support service, but should still be able to offer and execute a fantastic after-sales service when they become available.
VPN companies, big or small, should and must provide a decent customer support service.
Besides, we’re dealing with internet security here. When the product or service fails, it is the absolute responsibility of the company to deal with problems – be it technical issues or customer complaints.
Choose a Trustworthy VPN
You deserve the best VPN in securing your internet activities. Nothing short then ‘the best.’
Consider the red flags mentioned above in finding a VPN that will suit your needs.
Before spending real money on a VPN service, may sure that you’ve done thorough research about that VPN company.
Beware of VPNs that log user data. If they can record your information and activities, they can also sell it to third-party companies without asking for your consent.
Finding a trustworthy VPN service can be overwhelming for sure. You can check our comprehensive reviews of certain VPNs to know whether they can be trusted or not.
If you need further help in finding a VPN service, leave a comment below!
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