Living in Buenos Aires, there is a huge need to have a VPN setup. (VPN stands for virtual private network and protects that data you send to the Internet while also routing your computer traffic through one of their servers to mask your identity and location.)
I’ve tried a ton of different services and finally found the one that I was most happy with – Private Internet Access. Their setup is super simple, they give you tons of locations to route through and the price is great.
Even better, they are currently running a sale with 20% off in support of the Reset the Net Campaign.
New subscribers can now get their monthly plan for $5.45 per month or their one-year plan for $31.95 ($2.66/month). Features include:
- Secure VPN Account
- Encrypted WiFi
- P2P and VoIP Support
- PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
- Multiple VPN Gateways
- Unlimited Bandwidth
- SOCKS5 Proxy Included
- No traffic logs
- Instant Setup
So, what have I used a VPN for?
- Watching US-only content or using Netflix for other countries
- When Gmail was down for Argentina, I used a VPN connection to access US servers
- Shopping! I was tired of shopping on US sites and having orders declined because they detected I was in Argentina. (Try going to kohls.com from Argentina – the site just gives an error message.)
- Streaming from Pandora
- Testing Google ads for clients from different geographic locations (the ads that appear vary widely as does search placement)
- Signing up for different promotions/accounts with different usernames and emails in different locations
- Anywhere I use public WiFi!
The best thing about Private Internet Access is that it’s super simple. Just look at how easy it is to select the location you want to appear from:
It doesn’t get much simpler (and safer) than this.