Why you need a VPN

If you're reading this page, you probably already have an idea about why you need a VPN, but let us help in case you're still on the fence.

Everyone knows that anonymity is the killer app for VPN services, and we'll get to that, but there are some other good reasons for having a quality VPN service.

Save on your data plan

VPNme enables data compression on all plans, which speeds up your VPN experience, but also saves on data transfer. Both of these are important when you're on a mobile device, but the savings are also important with the unfortauntely growing number of capped broadband connections.

In addition, VPNme offers a free and optional privacy-enhancing proxy that has built-in ad blocking, which can save even more data by not forcing you to download ads. We especially enjoy the ad blocking on iOS devices that don't allow ad blocking software.

You might also try using VPNme's OpenVPN service on UDP port 53. Some mobile carriers don't count DNS traffic against your data plan. Just saying.

Stay secure on public Wi-Fi

Hotspots, hotel and airport networks and other public networks are very rarely encrypted. Even if they are, everyone has the keys. They are the lowest-hanging fruit for crooks looking to steal your sensitive information by intercepting your data.

Tools like Firesheep make it easy for anyone to launch a so-called man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack intended to learn your Facebook, online banking or other sensitive credentials.

Fortunately, such issues and many more are rendered completely useless by a quality VPN service.

Bypass website blocks

These days, being told you can't view a website because you're in the wrong country, at work or because of some other reason is all too familiar. VPNs offer a simple solution.

In addition, because VPNme supports OpenVPN on non-standard ports, there's a better chance at avoiding firewalls that specifically look for VPNs.

Bypass ISP throttling

Now that net neutrality is basically dead, your ISP is free to inspect and throttle data as it sees fit. They do this by looking at all the data flowing through your connection using a technique called deep packet inspection (DPI).

Since a VPN hides the details of individual connections, DPI is rendered ineffective and your ISP can't pick and choose what goes fast.

Encrypt VoIP and everything

Believe it or not, but a lot of your data passes over the Internet unprotected. A great example is VoIP. Most VoIP providers don't support encryption, meaning that your calls are in the clear.

Of course, your VoIP gateway probably doesn't have a VPN client, but VPNme supports most brands of routers. That means your whole home network, including phones, cameras and other devices, can be protected by the VPN with just one step.

Be anonymous

Unfortunately, the Internet isn't a very friendly place anymore. Governments, corporations and other people are watching. They want to know who you are, what you do and how they can profit from this information.

Governments want to hold you accountable for anything and everything done using your Internet connection, regardless of whether or not you were actually responsible. We think this is a dangerous mindset.

Most companies online present a friendly face, but are really making their bankroll on collecting information about your habits, preferences, behavior, social connections, etc. We aren't fond of this business model.

Some companies make their money in a far more harmful manner. Reports of Internet users being sued for insane damages over something as innocuous as a single downloaded file are more common than ever. They like to equate an IP address with a person, conveniently disregarding the premise of compromised computers, open wireless access points and even multiple users in a single household. The best solution for now? Make your IP address a moving target with a VPN.

Even in personal interactions online, we read about individuals being sued over having posted their opinions online.

The single best defense for these anonymity problems is to remove their ability to correlate your actions online with your identity. A quality VPN, especially VPNme's NAT mode with random IPs is extremely effective in this regard.