About VPNoverview.com

Last edited: September 11, 2020

Time flies! Back in 2014 we launched our first VPN website for the Dutch market. What started as a simple Dutch blog site with reviews of VPN providers, has now grown into a leading range of international VPN websites covering all aspects of online privacy, cyber security and internet freedom.

We believe it’s very important to write about these subjects, because the world around us is rapidly evolving. Today’s internet offers almost unlimited possibilities and opportunities, but at the same time it comes with risks. VPNs and cyber security are topics that many people believe are very technical and difficult. That’s why we try to explain these subjects in the most accessible and simple way possible, so that everyone will be able to understand.

So who are the people behind VPNoverview.com?

A small, dedicated team of cybersecurity and privacy professionals work on VPNoverview.com on the daily. Our main office is in The Netherlands, although we also have people working remotely from all over the world. Below we’ll introduce the core of our team in more detail.

David Janssen – Founder

David JanssenAllow me to introduce myself. My name is David Janssen, and I was born and raised in The Netherlands. Over the past years I’ve spent a lot of time abroad, working for the United Nations (World Bank), various governments, consultancy firms and NGOs. Currently, I’m the chief editor of VPNoverview.com and it’s my mission to ensure that quality research and articles continue to appear on the website.

I’m a geek who’s interested in VPNs, online privacy and cyber security. Besides that, I’m also a healthcare professional. I’ve found that there’s an interesting interaction between data security, privacy and healthcare. Think of ransomware attacks that increasingly affect hospitals and healthcare institutions or data breaches in which patient data of thousands of people were leaked. I’m convinced many more similar incidents will occur in the coming years, all over the world, which is something we should strive to combat on both a societal and political level.

If you want to get in touch, feel free to add me on LinkedIn. Want to get in touch via e-mail? You can reach me at david@vpnoverview.com

Tove Marks

Tove MarksMy name is Tove and I’m a copywriter and translator. I mainly write news articles for VPNoverview.com. I especially like to dive into the latest developments in the privacy debate. Within the themes of cybersecurity and privacy, I’m primarily interested in the political implications of the ever-increasing influence of the internet.

I’m very interested in topics such as censorship and internet freedom. I also take care of VPNoverview’s social media accounts to make sure important information and findings are distributed properly for the world to see.

Nathan Daniels

Nathan DanielsI’m Nathan and I have a background in Journalism. I’ve been a part of the VPNoverview team since July 2019. In recent years I’ve been developing an increasingly profound interest in cybersecurity, internet privacy and the internet as a source of information and communication. This stems from my interest in media and information services/platforms in various countries. I greatly value the possibilities that the internet offers in the fields of education and communication.

Specifically, My interests lie in creating and updating great content for the website and other platforms. I also like to help bring these texts to the attention of the general public through PR-related activities. In my spare time, I have a great passion for music, play the guitar and compose my own songs. I also like traveling, documentaries and good books. I believe that these hobbies help develop my creativity, which I then channel into writing even stronger content for VPNoverview.

Ronella van der Burgt

Ronella van der Burgt AvatarMy name is Ronella. I work as an editor and content creator at VPNOverview.com. I am very passionate about language, editing and writing. Besides writing, I also make sure that articles are regularly being updated. It is a real challenge for me to get all facts straight by doing research and delving into a subject.

How do we make our digital society as safe as possible? This is a question of great importance, with which I like to deal. The current digital developments entail that we are constantly faced with new security issues. I think it is important to raise awareness about cybersecurity and inform people about the risks and pitfalls. This is essential to tackle cyber crime.

Erik Schurer

Erik Schurer About Us AvatarMy name is Erik. I was educated in the humanities, after which I started to investigate technological and online culture. I have worked as an editor, copywriter and translator on several platforms, with technology as a recurring theme.

Privacy and net neutrality are of particular interest to me. Data protection and online freedom raise questions that do not always have a clear answer, and these are precisely the questions that I enjoy diving into. In addition, it is fulfilling to inform readers about the risks and opportunities of the web.

Outside of work, I like playing the trumpet and bass guitar, as well as going out into nature. Also, I never say no to a good book or a good whisky.

Susan Morrow

Susan MorrowI’m Susan and I’ve worked in the IT security sector since the early nineties, working across diverse sectors such as file encryption, digital rights management, digital signing, and online identity. My mantra is that security is about human beings as much as it is about technology.

For VPNoverview.com, I cover topics related to cybersecurity and privacy for businesses. What digital threats do companies face in this day and era, and how can they shield themselves from harm? I will tell you all about it.

Apart from my contributions to VPNoverview, I’m also head of R&D at Avoco Secure. You can find out more about me on my LinkedIn page.

Sandra Gyles

Sandra GylesMy name is Sandra. I joined the VPNoverview team in 2019. After graduating (a long time ago), I worked for a large PR & Communications company, where I managed a variety of clients, mainly in the IT and tech sector (b-to-c as well as b-to-b). In 2006, I became a co-director of a small business, which specialises in IT, editorial services and communications project management. I’m also a freelance writer, journalist and proof-reader for a broad range of online and print publications. I love the outdoors and that’s one of the reasons I moved to Australia almost 10 years ago. Being a mum of twins, I’m fascinated yet cautious about how natural the IoT is to children.

More about my professional background on LinkedIn.

Grace Dennis

Grace DennisMy name is Grace and I have a background in Information Technology. I have worked as a business analyst/programmer mainly in the legal industry and as an IT consultant or as part of an inhouse IT department in legal firms. Working as an IT professional has allowed me to live and work in several European countries as well as in Australia, where I grew up and completed my tertiary education. Since 2009 I have been working from home creating content for clients’ websites and providing copy editing and proof-reading services for online content and paper-based documents. I have also built websites using WordPress. I joined the VPNoverview team in 2019 writing cybersecurity and internet privacy-based news articles. Due to my IT background in legal firms, these subjects have always been of great interest to me, but since becoming a parent these have taken on a special importance. I feel that the safety of children on the internet is paramount.

Anton Mous

Anton Mous AvatarI am Anton, a tech lover who is always online. After studying political science and parliamentary history, I decided to pursue my passion: writing. In the following years I fully focused on web editing, online journalism, blogging, social media and content management. Web design, digital photography, interview techniques: you name it and I probably have a certificate for it. And as icing on the cake, I have been Google Certified in the field of online marketing since 2019.

For VPNoverview.com I write about cyber security and privacy. Access to information without compromising our privacy: it is an important commodity that we must handle with care. Censorship, digital blockades, cyber attacks and eavesdropping by hackers and governments should be prevented at all cost. That is why I keep a close eye on the latest developments in this area. In my spare time I love to listen to music, take a long walk, catch a movie or read a good book. Want to know more? Then check my LinkedIn profile.

Theodor Porutiu

Theodor Porutiu photoI’m Theodor and I love writing. I mean it, when I don’t have anything to work on for my clients or my job, I’ll just sit down and write something randomly. I started my career in the online marketing world when I was only 15, and I loved every moment of it. Since then, I’ve been working as a writer for a lot of tech websites, including Zapier, Cloudwards, and now VPNOverview. Besides my writing endeavours, I’m also a Staff Writer for Grai Group, a digital marketing agency focused on GTM strategies, where I mostly deal with writing SEO-optimized content and helping companies understand the intricacies of search engine optimization.

Having been in this medium for over 5 years, I’ve seen the dangers of it. I know how much a security breach can hurt someone, and I’m not a fan of companies that breach our privacy, so I’m constantly preaching about how important it is to browse the net safely. I found like-minded people here at VPNOverview when I joined in the summer of 2020, so I’m happy my words on privacy, security and making the best out of the internet have a platform.

If you want to find out more about me, you can check my LinkedIn page.

Natasha Cloutier

My name is Natasha and I joined the VPNoverview team in April 2020. After graduating with a B.A. in Russian and Slavic Studies from McGill University in Montréal, I traded my native Canada for The Netherlands in 1999. I’ve been an all-around translator and copywriter for almost 20 years, and IT is one of my favorite topics. I’ve been using the Internet since 1988, and was around when McGill University built the pre-Web era Gopher search engine Archie in 1990. I also speak English, French, Dutch and Russian. Find out more about me on LinkedIn.

Contact information VPNoverview.com

VPNoverview.com is part of the Internet Privacy Initiative. Our Dutch chamber of commerce number is: 74954164. You can find our main office at the following address:

VPNoverview.com / Internet Privacy Initiative
Groesbeekseweg 246a
6523PJ Nijmegen
The Netherlands

If you have a question about a specific topic, feel free to leave a comment on one of the many pages on our website. We do our best to answer your questions as adequately and quickly as possible.

You can also contact us by sending David an e-mail at david@vpnoverview.com. He might not be able to respond to all commercial inquiries, but will always do his best to answer honest questions from site visitors.

What’s the idea behind VPNoverview.com?

At VPNoverview.com we cover everything that has to do with VPNs, online privacy, internet security and internet freedom. Below we’ll explain why we believe these topics are important.

Why we write about online privacy

Your privacy is a great asset, but has come under increasing pressure in recent years. There are many parties who could benefit from learning as much about you as possible. These can be advertisers, but also governments or hackers. In some cases you might be prepared to give up (part of) your privacy in exchange for ease of use; you’ve probably realized by now that Google follows you wherever you go, but at the same time Google Maps is so incredibly useful. Apparently we are all prepared to give up part of our privacy at times. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but we do need to find the right balance. By writing about online privacy, we hope VPNoverview.com will help make you aware of the data being collected about you. We also want to offer simple solutions and tips on how to better safeguard your privacy on the internet.

Why we write about internet security

Unfortunately there are some serious dangers lurking on the internet today. Every year, tens of millions of  people all across the world become the victim of cybercrime. Fortunately, there are many precautions you can take to ward yourself against cybercrime. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about identity fraud, ransomware, trojan horses, computer viruses, hackers and the latest ingenious online scams. That way, you’re well-prepared and will no longer be an easy target for the average cybercriminal.

Why we write about internet freedom and online censorship

Our editorial team is fortunate enough to be living in one of the most liberal countries in the world when it comes to internet freedom. Even so, we encounter censorship and online restrictions. When we travel, for example, our favorite streaming services might suddenly not be accessible anymore. Even our WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook could be blocked during a stay abroad. We even experience censorship within our own country. To give a few examples: certain YouTube videos aren’t freely available, we do not get access to the extensive American Netflix library, and special online discount deals are sometimes only valid for people in other countries.

We find it important to make people aware of the different forms of online censorship, their possible impact a democracy or society, and the solutions people use to circumvent internet censorship and online restrictions.

Why we write about VPN

The interesting thing about a VPN is that it will enhance your online experience in a very simple way. You install an app on your phone, computer or router, connect to a VPN server (which only takes one click) and five seconds later your internet traffic is secured and anonymized. Not to mention, you have access to more parts of the internet. A VPN is the central hub that helps you to obtain the three essential benefits stated above, namely online security, privacy, and freedom.

About us recommending VPN providers

Let’s clarify one thing right away: VPNoverview.com is not a VPN provider! This website serves as an independent source of comparison. We test the VPN services of dozens of different VPN providers on the market so you can get an idea of which service might be right for you. Our goal is to do this as transparently and objectively as possible. Therefore, we use a standard test protocol that we developed ourselves. Nevertheless, there will always be a subjective component involved in the testing and assessment of a provider. Based on extensive testing, we form an opinion on every VPN we test and incorporate this opinion in the assessment. In other words, every review will always involve a subjective component, namely the personal opinion of the reviewer. If you’re interested, you can read more about the way we test VPN providers on this page.

When looking for a VPN, you’ll want to find a VPN that’s reliable and fits your needs. That’s why we test the various VPNs we review so extensively. After a test, we communicate our findings to the VPN providers so they can gain insight into how to improve their service. We also take the user experiences of our site visitors into account, so don’t hesitate to drop a comment under our informative articles or reviews!

VPNoverview.com is an objective website containing information about dozens of VPN providers. If you, as a visitor, subscribe to a VPN provider through the links on our website, we might receive a commission from the VPN provider. This will never result in any extra costs for you as a user. Our service will always be free of charge for visitors of VPNoverview.com. We believe that’s how it should be. In many cases we even managed to get you a discount on your VPN subscription if you follow the links and buttons on our website. We’re committed to ensuring you always get the best deal with a provider if you want to try out a VPN.

We use VPN provider fees to cover the costs that come with the maintenance of our website. For example, they enable us to pay for copyright licenses so we can legally use photos and images on our website. This way, we ensure photographers and graphic designers receive a fair compensation for their work. We also use the income to cover recurring subscription costs for hosting VPNoverview.com.

Finally, a free internet acts transparently and with integrity. That’s why we only recommend VPN providers that we actually think are excellent. We test all VPNs ourselves. If a VPN provider fails in any way whatsoever, we will incorporate our findings in our reviews.

Commercial inquiries and advertisements

We at VPNoverview do not allow guest posts or advertisements on our website. We want to protect our objectivity and be able to guarantee that all articles on VPNoverview reflect our own opinions and findings. If we allowed commercial guest posts, we wouldn’t be able to ensure the quality we strive for. We would even risk losing our objectivity. Instead, we aim to stay true to ourselves. That means our website and its visitors will always come first.

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