Baton Rouge is the second largest city in Louisiana. With a population of almost 231k, this capital city is only second to New Orleans in the state. There are many things that draw people to the city. It is a major hub for industrial, petrochemical, medical, and research activities as well as becoming a growing technology center of the south. Additionally, it is the home of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. If you are not aware, they were the first southern college football team to become a national champion. If visiting the city is in your future, you need to use a VPN before using public WiFi. Before we tell you why, you should have a look at our list of best VPNs for Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge’s human habitation dates back to the time of the ice age. The city got its’ name from the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville. When he sent his exploration party up the Mississippi River in 1699, they saw a red pole marking the hunting boundary between the Houma and Bayogoula tribal hunting grounds. Of course, Baton Rouge translates into “red stick” in French. In 1817, leaders of the settlement incorporated the town.
Today, there are many things to do while in the city. You can visit museums, parks, historical landmarks, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, the zoo, go on a food tour, and more. Additionally, you can catch an LSU football game. Clearly, you won’t run out of things to do while in the city. No matter what your interests are, you can always find something to keep you occupied.
With all the tourism and people in the area, many places offer customers free WiFi to attract business. Free WiFi is great, as long as you use some protection. By using a VPN, you create a secure and encrypted connection to a server of your choice. That will stop you from getting drained of your sensitive information and make it very difficult for cybercrooks to violate your privacy.
The next reason to use a VPN has to do with network restrictions and geo-blocks. If you are on a network that is not your own, the administrators can govern what you can and can’t see. That happens at schools, organizations, companies, and even some countries. When you connect to a VPN in that case, you can fool the software into thinking you are located someplace else. In addition, the blocking software can’t see where you are going, so it can’t block you.
Those are the best reasons to use a VPN while in Baton Rouge, but you may find more after you sign up. Whether you are trying to get around the network restrictions of an organization, protect your privacy, or even watch a blacked out game, VPNs have you covered. With all of the protocol options available, you will want to use either the IKEv2 or the OpenVPN encryption protocols. If you get an option to choose between versions of OpenVPN, the UDP version is the fastest. However, the TCP version is suited for those with connection issues.
Because there are no servers specifically in Baton Rouges, we’ll use the IPVanish servers in Atlanta. We can tell you from experience that the servers in Atlanta are both fast and reliable. You will also find that IPVanish has more server locations in the United States that just about any other VPN service. This makes them one of our go-to VPN choices while in Baton Rouge.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|63||89||Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Jose. Seattle, Washington DC|
Along with a large footprint in the USA, IPVanish hosts servers in every continent other than Antarctica. The network has consistently been the fastest VPN in North America and Europe in our speed tests. You will find multiple server locations in countries like the US and UK. You can select a location or an individual server.
IPVanish hosts 48 servers in Atlanta and you can choose to connect to any of them. We suggest selecting one that starts with “a” in the server name. For example atl.a01.ipvanish.com. In most cases, you will find the “a” servers to be the fastest. When we tested an IPVanish server in Atlanta, atl-a41, we found the speed to be 43.50 Mbps.
When it comes to value IPVanish is hard to beat. They offer unlimited access to their VPN network and custom software for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Firestick and more for $7.50 a month or $58.49 a year. That works out to just $4.87 a month on the annual plan. Members are covered by a 7-day money back guarantee.
With ExpressVPN, their fast VPN access and MediaStreamer act as a Smart DNS service. That will help you unblock access to geo-restricted content. That is quite an advantage to unblock live sporting events. You will even find a list of the latest live entertainment and sporting events on the ExpressVPN website.
|Countries||Locations||USA Server Locations|
|67||95||Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Seattle, Tampa, Virginia, Washington, DC|
As you can see in the table above, ExpressVPN manages a very large VPN network. Beyond the USA, the ExpressVPN network boasts hundreds of servers in key locations to help protect their user’s privacy. You can use their network to protect your privacy, unblock censorship, and watch your favorite teams from anywhere.
The ExpressVPN app allows you to select a server location down to the city but you can not choose a specific server. Instead, the client will select a server in your chosen location. You also need to know that some cities are not shown on the recommended tab inside the client. Of course, this is true for Atlanta (the best server choice while in Baton Rouge). You will want to select the “All” tab, open Americas, and then open the United States. At this point, you can select the USA – Atlanta server location. As you can see, we tested a server in Atlanta and the speed came out to 53.59 Mbps.
Though ExpressVPN is sold at a higher price point than the other services in our list, the value is high given the size of their network and service features. You can connect a computer, handheld device, router, and game console (SmartDNS) with a single VPN account for just $6.67 a month with an annual subscription.
HideMyAss was brought to life in 2005 when Jack Cator, a 16-year-old student in England, decided that he wanted to create a service to help people avoid censorship. Specifically, Jack was unable to access social media sites and online games because they were blocked on the school network. HMA added hundreds of thousands of users the first month and has since grown into one of the largest VPN services in the world with over 350 server locations. Privax, the parent company of HMA Pro VPN, joined the AVG team in 2015.
|HMA Pro VPN Network - USA Server Locations|
|Anchorage, Ashburn, Asheville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Bath, Bedford, Billings, Boston, Cheyenne, Chicago, Columbia, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Grand Forks, Honolulu, Idaho Falls, Jacksonville, Lansing, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Madison, Magnolia, Miami, Montgomery, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Philippi, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Rutland, Saint Paul, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Scranton, Seattle, Souix Falls, South Bend, St Louis, Trimbull, Washington DC, Wichita, Wilmington|
If your goal is to find the VPN with the most server locations, then HideMyAss is your best choice. Just keep in mind that HMA logs user activity which is a concern for some VPN users. HMA hosts 175 VPN servers in the United States including a number of servers in New Orleans (since it is the closest location to Baton Rouge). To connect to a server in there, you will want to go into the “Location Mode” and select “Change Location” to get started. Then click on the “Cities” tab and search for New Orleans. From there you can select the USA, Louisiana, New Orleans server location. We connected to a server in New Orleans to test the speed and found the speed to be 30.64 Mbps.
In 2016 HMA and a few other leading VPN providers led the way in simplifying their custom client software. The result is a full set of custom apps that make it easy for any user to connect to the HMA network and encrypt your connection. They have software available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. You can also connect to HMA through your router. HMA offers unlimited VPN access from just $6.99 a month and offers all new users a 30-day risk-free money back guarantee.
Though there are some other options, you can always take a look at our top 10 VPN list. However, we feel that we have provided you with the best choices. We selected them based on speed, reliability, price, security, and locations. Since there are many located in or near Baton Rouge, you are sure to get the best speeds. For those trying to stream content, speed is very important. Of course, all of our options have great networks. That means you can’t go wrong with any of the choices. Hopefully, our guide will help you make an informed decision.