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Why THW Uses an International VPN
When we first started in 2008 as a predominantly LinkedIn group, the ‘world’ in The HRIS World was symbolic of having a career focused in the HRIS industry.
We have since grown into a blog and website that is visited and read in the world by more than 40,000 in more than 160 countries.
This has placed some new demands on providing content, marketing conferences, events and vendors as well as expanding with knowledge of what our audience wants and needs.
As search engines are location sensitive. we purchased an international VPN so to drill down easier in various locations throughout the globe — we have not regretted this investment.
As we grow, we realize the needs of businesses everywhere to be able to do the same — legal concerns, learning and discerning cultural sensitivities, what is important to them (which may not be important elsewhere), protocols for entering and communicating with those in any country are just some of the challenges.
By having our international VPN, we have much better access to what they are seeing as well as how we are viewed (and received) by the locals there.
For these reasons we have decided to provide some information to you — and hopefully assist in making better decisions as well as creating better relationships globally.
Why Would Users Need a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides a safe medium for users when they are browsing the Internet — an International VPN will allow this across sovereignties.
A VPN connects a user’s device to a remote server; this remote server acts as a barrier between the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the Internet.
When using a VPN, the user’s information passes through a secure, encrypted channel, or tunnel; this ensures the safety and privacy of the user’s personal information by protecting them from hackers.
Also, to the websites in that location, you appear to be in that location and not outside — opening up more a view to your monitor more like what they see there instead of what you will see as an outsider.
Some sites even have blocks for visitors outside their country, which are open to you once you have an international VPN in their sovereignty or nearby friendly sovereignty.
The Need for International VPNs
In some countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and China, Internet access has restrictions — the governments of these countries have imposed certain limitations on their people.
They use local firewalls to prevent the access to parts, or all, of the Internet, meaning viewers from other countries cannot gain full access to the Web when visiting these restricted countries.
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In cases such as this, using an International VPN can be quite beneficial.
When using an International VPN, a user receives a server-generated IP address which changes their apparent location.
With a VPN, the user is able to unblock various websites, which are otherwise not permitted in those counties.
If you are an international traveler or an expat living elsewhere, then you already know access to your favorite sites change a bit — especially if you already have a Hulu, NetFlix or other paid accounts that international laws that prevent you from arriving to your account while in a destination country.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a VPN Provider
Users should consider the following factors when choosing a VPN provider:
- The provider should have the proper technical infrastructure to allow users to access the Internet without any hindrance
- Customer service should be prompt and respond to user’s problems quickly and efficiently
- The VPN provider should offer high-bit encryption and fast browsing speeds
- The provider should have multiple servers (thereby providing an International VPN) for easy access from anywhere in the world
Which VPN Should You Use?
While we don’t promote any one VPN, there are several that are well known and have been around for a while.
In the U.S., HotShield and HideMyAss (we only share the names, we don’t make them up) are very popular for individuals as well as small businesses but there are way more than that.
And as the technology keeps changing and improving, so doesn’t the international VPN landscape — a few years mobile wasn’t that popular with VPN, now with the cloud it is very dominant.
Whatever you do, before you purchase do your homework as you will be locked in for the time frame you paid for — which is why we suggest you go monthly at first, until you are comfortable as well as happy with the options and accesses your choice provides.
For a listing of the latest options available to you here are 4 websites that specialize in reviewing international VPN…
We have marked this post in our calendar to be updated annually, the above content was published May 2016.
In the meantime, if you have a favorite VPN then please share in the comments and let us know why it is your favorite, thanks!
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Garrett is the publisher, editor, writer forThe HRIS World Research Group, which includes The HRIS World, The HRIS World Research, The HRIS World Jobs, The HRIS World News, and The HRIS World Videos
With more than 20 years in roles as a client executive sponsor (#thwCES), project manager as well as functional / technical lead, Garrett is sought for his expertise for project insights, thought leadership, and team management globally.
He has been involved in large-scale and complex implementations since 1991 and has recently moved his operations to be with his wife in Brazil.
Garrett has had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest talents in the industry, and constantly shares his experiences and knowledge through content and webinars.
He maintains his fluency in Portuguese, German, French, and English with his various endeavors and contacts..
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About The HRIS World Research Group
The HRIS World blog, which is read by more than 50,000 from more than 160 countries monthly, manages to have more than 550,000 pages viewed monthly. 40%+ of the audience are decision-makers in their organization (and about half of that being C-levels!).
As CEO for CGServices USA Inc, he focuses on multi-provider, multi-line implementations consultation for HRIS systems
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