You might have heard of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and the problems they have caused in the recent years.
Even the biggest companies have had trouble to find effective ways to protect themselves against massive attacks. But why should you as a private person or small business worry about these kinds of attacks?
DDoS are simple and brute force attacks but they can have devastating effects on your online experience. DDoS attacks don’t only affect online businesses but also online gamers and service providers by denying them access to a service or crashing their homepage.
According to Kaspersky Lab (), in Q1 of 2018 “the number of attacks and targets rose significantly, as did the number of long-duration attacks”. Not only do they cause downtime and therefore direct financial losses to businesses. As CORERO reported they also have a negative impact on a business’ image and customer confidence.
For a small scale business or a private person, the easiest way of protection is a simple VPN service.
When you connect to a VPN you route your traffic over an external server and therefore hide your own IP address to any application you may use. Instead of hitting you the DDoS attack will hit the VPN server.
If you are affected anyways you can simply reconnect to your VPN and will be assigned a new IP address.
For many attacks, this might be enough and will gain the benefits with minimal effort needed from your side. But In cases of fast-paced online gaming or business transactions, a simple disconnection can already cause a lot of trouble though.
Here a dedicated DDoS protection is necessary.
If the attack is big only a DDoS protected server will help.
Many, especially commercial, VPN providers have their own protection systems against DDoS that either provide enough scaling capability to withstand an attack, automatically connect you to a backup server for the duration of the attack, or recognize and filter out the harmful traffic before it can reach the application level.
Nowadays most VPN providers offer a great service. There is a lot of choice of big VPN companies with 400-1000 servers all over the world.
We don’t believe a classical ranking will help you out here. You should base your decision solely based on what you will need the VPN for. Here are a few things you should consider.
Their prices fluctuate heavily due to discounts so the numbers below can only be indicators.
They are based in the Caribbean and therefore a good choice for privacy-concerned customers that want to avoid surveillance or censorship.
It is a perfect VPN for people who predominantly need it for gaming, torrenting or streaming.
Their infrastructure is protected by NAT Firewall and a kill switch feature helps you to prevent unencrypted data leaks when your internet connection fails.
It is password protected and contains all your private browsing data. Like this, you can use any host computer without missing your personalized and safe browsing experience. Besides that SurfEasy offers a high standard of security tools.
This reflects in their performance which even increased our download speed compared to our regular connection.
CyberGhost from Romania has probably the biggest arsenal security features which include a NAT Firewall, DNS Leak, and Tracking protection, Anti-Fingerprinting, Ad-Blocker, Anti-Malware as well as a kill switch feature.
They offer double data encryption, offer a kill switch feature as well as a DNS leak resolver.
This makes them great for gaming, streaming and torrenting.
On top of that, they offer many advanced security features to protect you from cybercrime and IP leaks.
As you can see it isn’t too easy to make the right choice.
The VPN market has truly exploded in recent years and their offers vary oftentimes only in minor details. The prices for a year subscription are between 4$ and 7$ a month while most monthly subscriptions are around 10$.
But look out for special offers that oftentimes offer a significant discount.
All VPNs that we named here offer encrypted communication and good privacy.
It mostly comes down to your preferences of use. So before you decide make sure you know what you need it for.
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