Five Of The Best VPNs For Australia
People who live in Australia, or people who want to apppear that they live in Australia, can sign up with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to get assigned to an anonymous, Australian IP address. Some business people feel it’s necessary to create a local impression for their clients.
Or, if you are a foreigner who lives in Australia, you can still get to your favorite U.S. websites like Netflix and Pandora by using a U.S.-based VPN. VPNs have become very affordable considering what they deliver. But you’ll still need to research their prices, usage limits, security protocols, bandwidth limits, PC and/or Mac compatibility, customer service, and technical support before you make a decision.
Australia is a European Union(EU) country and so abides by the laws in place regarding digital communication, which focuses on tracking and screening activity of Internet users. Even if all your activity online is legal, you still face serious security issues like hacking, computer viruses, and identity theft. VPNs not only protect your PC and smartphone with a firewall, they conceal your true IP address (and thus your true physical location) behind a temporary IP address.
In 2006, the European Union put new mass surveillance legislation into effect. Known as the Data Retention Directive(DRD), it requires EU Internet Service Providers(ISPs) to keep customer activity information for at least twelve months. The government is able to track the identity of internet and telecommunication customers, determine what they are doing, where they are doing it, and when they are doing it. Basically, the ISP and telecomm companies can monitor any and all electronic data transfers which includes telephone, SMS, email, and WWW browsing. You needn’t have committed any crime for this to occur.
VPNs based in the U.S.A. can give their subscribers nearly absolute anonymity when using the Internet while they are in the states and while they are traveling. VPNs continually grow their networks of dedicated servers. This lets their subscribers enjoy their privacy anywhere in the world.
These VPNs offer great service at great prices:
- Private Internet Access
They charge anywhere from $3.33/month to $11.00/month depending on the company and plan selected.
Pros: User-friendly, fast connection speeds, 30-day-money-back guarantee
Cons: Data logging(DRD)
HideMyAss is a UK company. Their servers are located all over the globe (63 countries). One great option for newbies is their thirty-day-money-back guarantee. HideMyAss is a reputable, larger company with more than 500 servers, and they offer unlimited usage and bandwidth. You can pay with BitCoins. They support Android devices; two devices can be logged in at the same time. And their software has a built-in “speed guide” to help you locate the nearest, and fastest, server.
Pros: Fast servers. User-friendly. 50 GB online storage.
Cons: May email marketing material.
VyprVPN has privately-owned servers (owned by GoldenFrog). The servers are not shared or overloaded with users, so customers enjoy more reliability and faster connections. Your online activities are never available to third parties because all the servers are privately owned. They have more than 200,000 anonymous IP addresses, 700+ servers, and 24/7/365 technical support. They have unlimited bandwidth plans. In addition, they throw in up to 50GB of digital storage. Their servers are configured to accept most protocols including OpenVPN, L2TP, and PPTP.
3. Private Internet Access
Pros: Encryption and security. No data logging.
Cons: No money back guarantees.
Private Internet Access is a very affordable, but basic VPN service. They accept gift cards for payment. They do have state-of-the-art VPN tunnels. TCP/IP interface level which means data you transmit from any application, including browsers, is secure. The cost savings seems to come from their simpler plans and limited features. They still offer the essentials, like anonymous IP addresses and encryption, with support for OpenVPN, PPTP, and IPSec/L2TP security protocols.
Pros: Free trial. Advanced encryption and security protocols. Video tutorials.
Cons: Some features have extra fees.
Astrill offers military-grade encryption, multiple device support, anonymous IP addresses and firewalls. They don’t allow ISP throttling or packet inspection, so online games play faster. There is a video accelerator feature too. They have 164 reliable servers, in 49 countries, that provide good bandwidth speeds. If their video tutorials don’t answer your question, they also have a customer service staff available 24/7, by phone, email, or live chat. Astrill also offers the widest range of security protocols we’ve seen including L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, OpenWeb, PPTP, StealthVPN, Open VPN, RouterPro VPN, and Cisco IPSec.
Pros: No data logging. VOIP support. Satisfaction guarantee.
Cons: Higher prices.
IPVanish has been in business fifteen years. This VPN offers security with reasonable price plans. Basic plans for unlimited bandwidth, firewalls, and VOIP support are available. They have more than 10,000 IP addresses. They support PPTP, OpenVPN, and L2TP protocols. IPVanish prevents your Internet Service Provider from throttling down your connection speeds, so you will be enjoy faster gaming and uninterrupted video viewing. They also let you try out their service for seven days with a money back guarantee.
Don’t Forget About . . .
Check to see whether each VPN logs user data and activity. Travelers need a global network of servers in place near their most frequent destinations. Subscription plans can minimize costs.
Test out their technical support team. Make sure all your devices can be secured because they may be running different OS’s. Look for VPNs whose security protocols cover all of them.
Some VPNs offer trial periods. Learn about the various features. You can choose a different providers if you are not happy with the first one. Protect your passwords, account numbers and all your devices from hacking and surveillance. Cyber criminals are constantly looking for an “open window.” Don’t let it be yours.