VPN MASTER FAQ 2021
This is a FAQ to answer some commonly asked questions I see all the time! If I haven’t answered your question, leave a comment below and I will add the question + answer. 🙂
- What VPN should I use?
I recommend most people on my channel to use TorGuard VPN, since it’s the top-rated VPN. It’s won our global speed test (unbiased test from 11 people internationally), it’s very cheap, and is perfect for every use case. Just remember to use promo codes like “tomspark” or “netflix” to get the best prices. (These codes are permanent, go all year, and are not given to me personally. Anyone who is a TorGuard affiliate can make codes).
- I saw a VPN advertised on Youtube (NordVPN, ExpressVPN, etc), should I buy it?
I would recommend watching some of my reviews and videos first before you make a purchasing decision based on an advertisement. Here on my channel, I don’t take sponsorships so my opinions are not overtly positive like a typical Youtube sponsor deal. Check out God tier 1 VPNs on the tier list. Most YouTubers only recommend high commission / high paying VPNs that are often not the best VPNs for your budget or needs. See this video for more information about my opinions on popular VPNs advertised on Youtube.
- Do I have to pay $3 a month, or $120 upfront?
VPNs love to make their subscription products “seem” affordable. With these sorts of deals, you are most likely always paying upfront for a 3-year deal if it’s as cheap as $3 a month because you pay upfront and the cost divided per month equals $3. Tricky right? I would suggest buying one month with a tier 1 VPN, then if you like it, go for longer subscriptions that better deal overall.
- I was told not to use a VPN based in the USA or in the 14 eyes. Is this true?
The 14 eyes is a military alliance that doesn’t share information on consumer-grade data. No, the FBI won’t come knocking on your door. See this video, where I interviewed the CEO of oVPN where he talked about this and how it’s mainly a marketing tool for off-shore based VPNs trying to avoid taxes or hide company ownership. I would not recommend using a VPN based in a country with dictators or mandatory data retention, however ( China, Russia, Iran, Egypt, etc).
- Which VPN should I use? What is the best VPN?
I would recommend using a tier 1 VPN provider. They provide the best aggregate score in each category.
- Why did you rate my favorite VPN low?
The tier list is a detailed review system with an organized ranking system. Some VPNs can excel in some categories while being weak in other categories. The higher the score, the more likely it will be a well-rounded product for every user. Take a typical VPN for example. Sure it can get the job done, but it does not excel in EVERY category. Maybe it doesn’t work with most streaming services in terms of unblocking geo-restrictions, and the application has limited customization. I am not here to convince you to not like a VPN you are using. I am here to educate, inform, and help you find the BEST VPNs that will save you money and give you better experiences for your money.
- Are expensive VPNs worth it?
VPNs are not really priced like other consumer-grade products. The most expensive VPNs don’t really offer that much more than cheaper VPNs. I’ve made videos discussing pricing in detail which you should check out.
- Why haven’t I heard about your top-rated VPNs like TorGuard?
Most of my favorite VPNs are smaller companies that spend $0 on marketing. The reason is that smaller VPN companies aren’t bankrolled by huge corporate conglomerates like J2Global or something. When you buy a product made by a small company, it’s easier to trust them and the updates often come out quicker. See this video where I talked to the oVPN CEO about the benefits of a smaller company.
- Should I use a free VPN?
Free VPNs are filled with ads and have abysmal speeds.
They often sell your data as well, and most of the free VPNs are linked back to China somehow and are most likely data mining. If you really can’t afford to use a VPN, I just wouldn’t bother with them at all. Some VPNs like ProtonVPN and Windscribe try to market themselves to customers by providing “free VPN services” but these are extremely limited and are more like trials–not really a “true” free VPN.
- What is the difference between proxy and VPN? Should I use a proxy extension for my browser?
Proxies and Socks5 proxies anonymize your IP but don’t really encrypt your internet traffic the same way. Conversely, they also don’t affect your speeds much either. See this video for a detailed comparison of Socks5 vs proxy.
- How can I make sure my VPN/proxy is protecting my IP while torrenting?
Some VPNs like TorGuard provide tools that let you download a “sample” torrent that will show what IP is being shown to people observing the torrent swarm.
- Are VPNs illegal or safe to use?
VPNs are illegal to use in some countries like China. But they are legal to use in most places.
- Will VPNs give away my personal data when asked by law enforcement?
It depends on the nature of your crime. If you have done something serious, it’s possible that the VPN could give away data if they collect logs. Most VPNs claim they don’t collect enough logs to identify users, but it’s hard to tell most of the time. That is why I would really only recommend truly trusting VPNs that have a reputation of 5/5 since they have never given away logs or done anything sketchy.
- Do VPN audits matter?
See this video for a detailed answer.
- Which VPN protocol should I use?
The most commonly used and recommended protocols to use now are WireGuard, OpenVPN, and Ikev2. I would use WireGuard if the VPN supports it since it will give you the best speeds and fastest connection times. Ikev2 is great for fast speeds and connections times, but OpenVPN is a bit harder to block than Ikev2–provides similar speeds, but connects a little bit slower. Other protocols like PPTP are a bit outdated and not supported by most VPNs.
- Why should I trust this FAQ or your Youtube channel?
Watch this video. I am the only Youtuber I know who rates VPNs by objective merit and not how much money they pay me.