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, or WeVPN, since both are the top-rated VPNs. Both VPNs won our global speed test (unbiased test from 11 people internationally) and they are very affordable + feature rich.

Just remember to use promo codes like “tomspark” or “netflix” to get the best prices on both VPNs.

One thing to keep in mind, that if you want to use your VPN for streaming, you will need to buy TorGuard’s streaming bundle, which is around $11 a month or $60 a year with my netflix code. I also have video tutorials on that here.

  • 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. 

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  1. Hi Tom, several days ago, I sent you an email to tspark@privatemail.com – the address I found on your YouTube channel. I wonder whether it’s the right address. It was great to see Surfshark climbed up in your VPN rankings! I hope you can get back to me.

    Best wishes,
    Dom

  2. Hello Tom, I watched couple of your videos and its very informative. I been using ExpressVPN for 3 years now and before that I was using VYPRVPN. My renewal is about to be due in FEB. 2021. I wonder if you have suggestions for me of what VPN should I get? Should I stay with ExpressVPN or switch to TorguardVPN? I live in China Beijing as of now but from California. You have thoughts on good VPN for China? Thank you so much for your videos and the time you put into your YouTube channel.

    1. I would try some of the tier 1 VPNs. TorGuard or WeVPN, would be a great choice with either option. I would suggest trying both if you have time, and refund the one you don’t like. Use code “tomspark” for good discounts on each one. PrivateVPN is another option if neither of those two work for you.

    1. I generally don’t recommend smart DNS, but WeVPN’s weplay is similar. Check that out, and use code “tomspark”.

  3. I want a hardware VPN, so I can install it between my ISP and my wifi – everybody in my home will automatically use this VPN.

    Have you reviewed these?

    Are they fast as the software VPNs I’ve seen you review?

  4. Can you please post a link to the excel sheet you use to score the VPNs? Can you make it so that all VPNs are listed/compared side by side on the spreadsheet please?

  5. Which vpn should I use to withdraw my funds from binance.com? I am in the US and the site will not let me verify myself from the US.

  6. Hello, I decided to give Torguard a try based on your recommendations and reviews, but I had a few questions first.

    1. Which plan with Torguard would you recommend? I plan to use a vpn for torrents, public wifi, and general browsing. I don’t use any video streaming sites.

    2. Is it better to use a proxy or vpn with Torguard? In which situation is it better to use one or the other?

    3. Also it seems on Torguards website that the anonymous vpn and vpn + email bundle are the same price? Should I go for the email bundle then, or am I missing something? Why would they cost the same price per month?

    Thank you,

    Windigo

    1. 1. the main plan shud be fine. use code “tomspark” and it shud be around $5 a month or $30 a year, or cheaper for longer term plans.
      2. proxy is good for torrenting, VPN for everything. just depends. ive made a few videos about socks5 vs vpn
      3. anonymous email is a listing for privatemail, their email service. i can see why you made that mistake. i will tell them to make that clearer i think

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