The use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to add privacy, anonymity, and/or freedom from regional blocking, is becoming more common with each passing month. So, we want to know whether you use a VPN, which VPN you use, and why you use a VPN in the first place? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from the previous poll, when we asked, “What Is The Best Smartphone Released In 2014?”
Out of a total of 1,368 votes, 22.8% chose the Nokia Lumia 930, 11.6% chose the Samsung Galaxy S5, 9.9% chose the iPhone 6, 9.7% chose the HTC One (M8), 9.2% chose the LG G3, 6.8% chose the Sony Xperia Z3, 6.4% chose the Google Nexus 6, 6.1% chose the iPhone 6 Plus, 2.5% chose the BlackBerry Passport, 0.4% chose the Amazon Fire Phone, and 14.5% chose Other.
This is a strong win for the Nokia Lumia 930, the current Windows Phone flagship. This result is something of a surprise, because Windows Phone is struggling to steal market share from Android and iOS.
However, Windows Phone users are a vocal bunch, and appear to have fully lined up behind their platform of choice, knocking the Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6 into second and third places, respectively.
The OnePlus One deserves a quick mention thanks to the number of comments citing it as their choice under Other.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from pete, likefunbutnot, Robert, and D2. Comment Of The Week goes to Doc, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I chose the HTC One M8 – great speakers, SD card slot (up to 128GB! Nexus phones are good, but *give me an SD slot, Google!*), lots of RAM, Android 5.0 update available … pretty much everything I want in a phone.
It’s short, it’s sweet, and it tells us everything we wanted to know. Namely, which smartphone this particular reader thinks is the best one released in 2014, and why that is the case.
Everybody has different wants and needs when it comes to smartphones, which is why explaining your reasoning for voting the way you did was so important.
VPN: Viral Poll Nonsense
As the name suggests, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a virtual version of a private network. Using a VPN means adding an extra layer of privacy and anonymity when connecting to the Internet. A VPN can also be used to access region-blocked content, such as the American version of Netflix from a country that isn’t the U.S.
There are a host of free VPN services and paid-for VPN services available to use, so we want to know a) whether you use a VPN, b) which VPN you use, and c) why you use a VPN? The poll below specifically covers the first part of the question, with the comments section open for you to answer the other parts of the question.
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.
We would love to know your thoughts on VPNs. If you use a VPN, which do you use and why? What made you choose that particular VPN over the competition? For what purpose(s) do you use a VPN? Is it all about privacy? Or is it more about masking your IP in order to access region-locked content?
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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