If you’re new to virtual private networks, you may have wondered where you should connect your brand-new VPN to. After all, when you can connect anywhere in the world, the choice can become overwhelming. Here are a few rules of thumb for finding the best country and server for you.
There are a few reasons why you’d use a VPN, but the two most important are security and the ability to change your digital location—think of escaping censorship or getting into another country’s Netflix library. There are a few uses that don’t fall neatly into either category, like torrenting, but we’ll talk about that later.
Whichever one of these has the priority for you will decide which country you should connect to. If you’re living in a country with a censorship-free internet and security is your only concern, you should choose the server closest to you. This is mainly because the further away a server is, the worse your speeds will get.