You’re in Thailand and want to access your favorite American website – what do you do? You may try to use a proxy to get around the restrictions of the government-owned internet service provider (ISP), but that’s not always possible. You could pay for an unlocked WiFi hotspot but the speed likely won’t match that of a corporate business account at your favorite internet cafe. Or, you could pay a little more and sign up for a “free” VPN server location from Pure – a company that specializes in providing VPN services to travelers. You may be familiar with the service since it was previously known as Private Internet Access (PIA) and has previously been endorsed by Netflix, Inc.
Unfortunately, since being purchased by a company from the U.S.A., Pure has stopped offering free VPN services to travelers. But fear not, there is still hope!
In this article, we’ll discuss how to manually select a free VPN server location from Pure so you can enjoy high-speed internet access while traveling.
The Best of Both Worlds
Let’s get started by talking about the best of both worlds: unlimited data usage with speeds comparable to a typical ISP in a convenient and affordable manner. Imagine being able to access Netflix, download YouTube videos, and browse the internet with no fear of running out of data while traveling. The possibilities are endless!
Thanks to the work of Reddit users u/MuffinCoupon and u/ManBehindTheCurtain, it’s now possible to obtain a VPN connection that works even when connecting to a free server location. The key is to connect to a dedicated IP address that’s associated with a VPN provider whose servers you trust. This will ensure that your traffic is always encrypted, even when connecting to a free server.
With a dedicated IP address you can also rest assured that you’re always protected from internet service providers (ISPs) monitoring your activity. If you connect your device to a public WiFi network while overseas, your personal data could be at risk of being compromised by hackers (or worse, government officials).
How to Select a Free VPN Server Location From Pure?
To get started with a VPN connection from Pure, first you’ll need to visit the company’s website at https://www.purevpn.com/ to register for an account. Afterward, you can navigate to the “Secure VPN” area of the site to begin configuring your connection. For the purposes of this guide, we’ll be using the Chrome web browser to complete our registration and configuration process. If you’re not using Chrome, you may find that some of the steps are slightly different depending on which browser you use.
When entering your email address and creating a password for your account, you’ll be asked to choose a location for your VPN. Choosing a server location is as easy as entering a country and clicking the “Select” button, as shown in the screenshot below.
After selecting your country, you’ll see a list of available server locations. If you’re viewing this article on a computer or mobile device, you may need to scroll down to see the available options.
In some instances, you’ll also be asked to choose from a list of available server extensions, such as “No Log,” “Https,” or “IPv6.”
Once you’ve entered your payment information (credit card or PayPal account), you’ll be presented with a login screen.
Step 1: Log In
Logging in is straightforward – just enter your email address and password and click the “Login” button. You’ll then be presented with a screen allowing you to select which server you want to use.
If you’re using Chrome, you can also choose to download the VPN app if you haven’t already. Launching the app from Google Chrome’s omnibar will also let you access your VPN settings from anywhere.
Step 2: Configure Your VPN Connection
Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be directed to the “Secure VPN” area of the site. Here, you can choose a server location and customize a number of settings, as seen below.
The “Keep Alive” option will determine whether your VPN connection will automatically reconnect if disconnected for a certain period of time. For example, if you keep alive for 30 seconds, your connection will be automatically reestablished every 30 seconds whether you’re online or offline. You may want to choose “Keep Alive Forever” if you don’t want to worry about your connection dropping at all.
The “Auto Login” setting will determine whether you’ll be required to log in each time you use the VPN. If you haven’t logged in since your last visit, you’ll be prompted to do so the next time you use the service.
The “Log Files” setting will determine where your VPN log files will be stored. You can choose either “My Computer” or “Dropbox” to have your log files stored locally. If you choose “My Computer,” you’ll need to ensure that the computer has enough space to store all of your log files.
The “Interface” option will determine the type of interface that will be displayed when you first connect to the VPN. You can choose either a traditional interface (where you enter a server address and login information) or a button interface where you click a button to connect to the VPN.
Step 3: Test VPN Connection
Once you’ve completed the configuration process, you can test your newly created VPN connection by connecting to the internet via a WiFi hotspot and trying out the app. You can also test the speed and reliability of your VPN by connecting to one of the many available servers and browsing the web or downloading a file.
If all goes well, you may see a green checkmark as the result of your efforts. Congratulations! You now have a functional VPN connection from Pure that you can use while traveling.
If you’re still having trouble, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number (given when you registered) and we’ll get you sorted out.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to manually select a free VPN server from Pure. The possibilities for fun and convenient internet usage while traveling are infinite!