TANSTAAFL. If you’ve read your Heinlein, you know it’s an acronym for “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” That phrase has actually been around since the days of Old West saloons. If you bought a drink, the saloon would provide you with a free lunch. There was a catch, of course. The lunches were so salty that patrons wound up buying more and more drinks, to slake their thirst.
TANSTAAFL. There’s always a catch.
Which brings us to VPN services. To recap: VPN (aka Virtual Private Network) is a term used for services that allow you to encrypt your internet traffic between your computer and a destination computer on the VPN service. This is particularly necessary when using something like a hotel’s open Wi-Fi service, so that other guests can’t watch all your traffic and steal juicy bits, like credit card numbers and passwords.
If you don’t know which VPN service to use, I compared several commercial VPN providers in The Best VPN services of 2021, analyzing them against 20 different factors.
That directory was a study of commercial VPN services. I limited my analysis to commercial services for a reason: TANSTAAFL.
There are also many free VPN