Do you use a VPN for your normal internet browsing?


Just a dude
vpsBoard Founder
I'm curious how many people here stay connected to a VPN during their normal internet browsing or if they just connect for specific uses and disconnect when no longer 'needing' it. I know some will use one to access content unavailable to their region (sports media websites for some reason are always content locked based on region and country it seems) whereas others may stay on 24/7 to 'thwart the man' (or something). So, how about you?


Active Member
I only use a VPN when I see reason to use a VPN, like when dealing with clients and client matters. I have a habit of looking up the IP address of those who log in to my servers to perform work (usually to find out where they're from), so I like to keep my VPN to keep the data secure, hide my location, and to keep it professional (so when they look it up on something like Geo IP tool, they see

I'm lucky enough to live in the US, so I have no geographical reasons (like free streaming) or network blocks that I need to circumvent.

I would stay connected to my VPN 24/7 if it were as fast as regular sans VPN, but the slowness I have found from my VPN keeps me from always keeping it running.
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Bad Goy
I go on about it similar to what @Tyler describes above, I only use when there is a need. Alas, since I'm in's rather often  ;)

Aldryic C'boas

The Pony
Always-on, across all platforms and devices.  Aside from operational security, I can very easily check to see if any of my systems are connecting somewhere they shouldn't be.


New Member
Verified Provider
Almost never, since my home and office are both static IP's that I have 100% control over, I have little need. For the rare time I do need it for security reasons, I use a Fortinet to route into those networks, and it allows my 2 IP's anyway.


Active Member
Rarely, when I am in need of one. I have my personal OpenVPN server running all the time. The ISP's I use are not much reliable and ports gets blocked randomly from time to time. Hence the VPN.


Content Contributer
Depends on my situation. @home I do have a second wlan router routing everthing through one of my UK servers (round robin). But this is just for listening to BBC & Co.

On the other hand: My Surface is always connected to a VPN because I do not trust any hotel/airport/customer wlans.


New Member
Verified Provider
My laptop is setuo to auto connect to my VPN, so yes, i always use a VPN when on my laptop. At work obviously i don't need to use a VPN, but my browser is setup to use a proxy.


Well-Known Member
Verified Provider
I rarely connect to my VPNs but they are nice to have just in case. I have a jump box I use more than my home computer these days so using a VPN for that wouldn't benefit me much. I have some devices and networks that require a VPN connection to access them but I still don't connect to them that often.


New Member
No, I only use it when I require as it usually doesn't provide the same speed which I get without using it.


Verified Provider
Not for personal browsing like facebook, twitter etc. But it is necessity when i'am at work. 
for me its for browsing youtube.....i have enabled vpn through chrome extension is it is always turned on unless I manually disable it when I am facing speed issues.


100% Tier-1 Gogent
I am one of those.... All the time and double buried on VPN.  Or intending to be.

Network segment has always on VPN and each machine has its own unique VPN.

Similarly, containers I run in-house have their own VPN.


Verified Provider
Most times on the laptop using a VPN unless at a place I trust. No random wifi!!

If it's for business things it's just like Tyler said. It's nice when it shows up as office or vpn.companyname.

Also being from Canada at some times it's nice to have a US VPN to stream etc.


New Member
For personal browsing and shopping, a VPN is unnecessary. Thus, I do not connect to a VPN.

However, when downloading content, I may use a VPN. VPN use is limited for me, and I only find real purpose for accessing sites in certain countries. 

I tend to avoid VPN services offered to the general public (as IPs are shared and can be identified as a 'proxy'), so I will find a virtual machine in particular country and build a VPN on it.


Active Member
All mobile/tablet and wifi devices are connected to VPN 24x7. Wired devices like desktop/laptop connect to VPN when needed.


New Member
When I would frequent conspiracy forums I always had the VPN running. Started having issues with the provider and just stopped using it and never tried anyone else.

Was also handy when the NFL offered free live streaming for those who live in the Netherlands ;)


Verified Dog
Verified Provider
I only use a VPN to circumvent region blocks like Pandora..

And also stupid UK high court decisions to block sites at an ISP level. Fuckers.