My ISP is great, not. In other words: Why you might consider a personal VPN

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Your Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) doesn’t have an easy job to do.
Not only do they have to provide you with a good service quality without interruptions and at a good bandwidth – they need to comply with so many regulations and comply with local laws regarding client identification, data retention and somewhere even with censorship rules. Oh, and sometimes ISPs get contacted by law enforcement to easily hand over all meta data incl. location data for their peruse. That gives them further headaches, for sure.
Well, why would you want to consider such thing as a “personal VPN” and what is that?
It’s another layer of Internet Access provided to you, reducing your “real ISP” to the function of a technical last-mile provider of signalling towards you while channelling your data transmissions through an encrypted channel and entering the Internet only at the VPN operator’s datacentre.
That has a disadvantage: Your connection speed is reduced by a 5-40% (depends on your device)!
And it has many advantages, too: Your local ISP has so much less work with you ツ
That is because they don’t save data about all your activities online anymore, as they don’t see them. They don’t interfere with your data traffic anymore because all they see is the wrapped encrypted VPN traffic channel being held open on their network.
Besides that you may experience other advantages. Suddenly you can use VoIP technologies in countries where the ISPs block them in order to support their local phone line operators. And you can conceal your location data from the world wide web, because “your” public IP will not be the IP you’re using for your local connection any more – it’s the VPN operator’s IP address at their datacenter! Which may as well be in another jurisdiction, too. You can use services as i.e. http://www.ip2location.com/ and similar tools to determine your IP Address and the ISP and your approximate location based on the data from the ISP. If you tried the same service with a VPN active – You could see “London” or “Hond Kong” whichever destination you decide to switch your VPN service to.

Modern personal VPN providers offer you a yearly plan which includes the “VPN Protection” for several your devices (smart-phones, tablets, PCs) and the choice of destination jurisdiction whenever you activate the VPN channel.
Here at SecTel.io we are partnering with our two favourite providers for VPN services:


For getting the first month 50% off, you may click on the partners’ logo.

The main difference between these:
VyprVPN does not block ports for email sending etc., but they do log the IP you are connecting from for 30 days.
PIA does not log any information about your traffic or your IP, but (partly for that reason) they block SMTP mail sending ports… If you’re using Outlook, Apple Mail or Thunderbird that may become a problem, when you’re a webmail type of person, you wouldn’t notice any issues.
Aaah, and PIA accepts Bitcoin payments.


P.S. VyprVPN has a very good article on “Why Do I need a Personal VPN?” on their website, it’s worth reading!

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