If you do it right, switching may have its benefits.
When you’ve grown used to a particular service provider, you’ll rarely feel like switching to a different one, especially when you’re satisfied with the service that you’re getting.
This may be true for basic services, like your phone service or your gym membership, but when issues of privacy and security are at stake, it may be useful to evaluate your options periodically, and decide whether it makes sense for you to stay or switch.
Reasons to Switch
But why should you switch your VPN provider?
While you may feel satisfied with the service you’re receiving, it’s very hard to assess the relative quality of your VPN if you’ve been using the same one for a while. In fact, as technology improves and smaller and nimbler VPN providers gain market share, you may find that other VPNs offer better or faster services at a better price than yours.
Laws and Policies
As a VPN user, you should always keep in mind that laws and privacy policies change constantly. VPN providers (like all companies) stipulate in their terms of service that their policies can change at any time.
This means that a VPN that was highly recommended back in 2016 may not be as secure or as private in 2018 as you’d hope it would be.
VPN providers have no obligation to let you know that their policies have changed, and some of the less scrupulous companies may change policies without specifying the changes in their terms of service.
Ownership and Jurisdiction
Internet companies are bought and sold with great regularity, so if your VPN service has come under new ownership since you first started using it, they may have changed their service quality and policies significantly, without your realization.
This is critical for VPN providers that move to different jurisdictions. For example, if a VPN originally located in Hong Kong is purchased by a US company, it will now be under the jurisdiction of the NSA and the 14 Eyes—a critical change when it comes to assessing your privacy.
Competition Leads to Lower Prices
With improved technology and efficiency, VPN services become more competitive in prices every year.
This is excellent news for you, as a consumer, because it means you can expect to find excellent deals if you decide to switch your VPN provider, rather than renewing your old account.
But Don’t Switch Just for the Heck of It
Chances are your original VPN may have improved its own offerings over time, so don’t just assume that the grass will be greener on the other side. As always, research is your best friend when it comes to VPNs and internet privacy.
But, whatever you do, don’t compromise on your privacy merely for the convenience of sticking to your old service plan.
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