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Why are Multi-Device VPNs Important?

By Ernest Hamilton , Sep 26, 2019 11:45 AM EDT
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Accessing the web securely has become a priority for many people who understand the potential threats posed by cybercriminals and the nagging ads that keep popping up courtesy of ad trackers. Therefore, the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) is increasingly becoming a necessity for everyone that spends a lot of time online.

In some ways, a VPN service that allows the user to connect only one device at a time is enough. However, in modern society, multi-device VPNs are becoming more important. 

Why you need a multi-device VPN

We are living in the information age and this means that we interact with information through multiple devices a day. For instance, if you are not checking your e-mail from your desktop computer at home, you are probably using your phone to reply to urgent messages. You could add laptops and tablets to that list to illustrate how the power of the internet has made communication simpler, and yet perilous for those who do more than just talk.

Some people use the same devices to shop online using their credit cards while others share critical information to gain access to various services. The same concept can be expanded to include situations where a family setup has multiple devices connected to the internet or in the case of a small business that relies on the internet to make money. 

To ensure security and total privacy on the web, every device that you use must be connected to the internet via a VPN.  And in all of these cases, a multi-device VPN can help to bring down the cost of connecting securely to the internet as compared to each device using an individual VPN account. 

Choosing the right multi-device VPN

One major drawback to using a multi-device VPN  is that the more devices you connect via a single VPN account, the more bandwidth you need to avoid compromising connection speeds. This is why choosing the right VPN for multi-device connections is key. Some VPNs only allow users to connect a few devices while others like SurfShark allow unlimited devices to be connected simultaneously.

Another thing that users need to check when choosing their multi-device VPN service provider is to ensure that the VPN uses 256-bit encryption and OpenVPN or IKEv2 Protocol support to ensure solid protection. In addition, be sure to check which mobile OS the VPN supports. Some support Android only, so if you want to connect an iOS device, you also need to be keen on mobile connectivity.

You may also want to ensure that the multi-device VPN you choose has a strict no-logging policy if you want your privacy on the web to be guaranteed. Also, check for security features such as double-encryption, ad-blocking, and anti-malware for fool-proof security online.

Conclusion

In summary, people now use 3-4 devices to access their e-mails, websites, and social media platforms on the internet. This means that the chances of leaving critical data on the web are higher and this leaves them exposed to the perils of connecting to the web. 

However, VPNs have made things better by providing people with an opportunity to browse the internet anonymously and securely. And the good news is that you now don't need a separate VPN service for each device, you can band all of them together and manage them from a single dashboard.

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