VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It gives you an anonymous IP address and allows you to access the internet from several worldwide locations. People use VPNs to stream geo-restricted content, do office work, access restricted websites, and more.
People use VPNs a lot with Firestick because it allows them to stream their favorite content on a larger screen without subscriptions. However, people always prefer a free VPN to save some money, but is it a good choice for your Firestick? Let us find out.
How Are Free VPNs Different From Paid VPNs?
Not all free VPNs are scams; some of them are decent. However, choosing and comparing these free VPNs for FireStick ain’t an easy task. However, you can keep in mind these common factors before choosing a free VPN.
- How safe and reliable is the VPN for your device,
- What features do they provide you,
- Is there a zero or no log policy?
But how do these factors change in a paid VPN? Paid VPNs are safer and more reliable than free ones. Here is a list of primary factors that differentiate paid VPNs from free ones.
1) Data Tracking
Most free VPNs share your data with advertisers and show you several ads. It compromises your online privacy as third parties access your private information and show you relevant ads and products.
On the other hand, paid VPNs do maintain a zero log policy, which means they do not share your data and keep no track of it.
2) Connection Access
Several VPNs operate as P2P networks, which means they send your data through a third-party device and route other users’ web traffic through your device.
This transfer puts your device at hacking, malware, or DNS risk. Some VPNs also sell your unused bandwidth on the global data market to make money.
Paid VPNs do not follow this approach, which means no one can access your data.
VPNs sell data to advertisers, which is the most common way to make a profit. Some free VPNs do not sell or share your data, but they pop up so many ads that make you rethink your decision to save money and not buy a premium subscription.
Ads do not only annoy you but can also make you vulnerable to malware and spy attacks. Ads contain several links, so one wrong click can bring you big trouble.
Paid VPNs do not show ads in most cases. However, it depends on the plan you buy. A premium plan will not give any ads to you.
Free VPNs offer weak and easily breachable security, which makes it easier for hackers to access your system. However, paid VPNs offer military-level encryption, which is complex to breach.
5) Connection Speed
Free VPNs offer a minimum speed, so you will be disappointed if you want to use them to stream videos, play games, or torrent. However, slow speed is not a threat to privacy or security.
On the other hand, paid VPNs can give you a good speed and retain 80-90% of internet speed on average.
There are a few decent free VPNs available in the market, but several decent paid VPNs are there. You might want to try paid VPNs by taking a free-trial or money-back scheme.
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games