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Thinking about a VPN? Choose the best option for your needs

There are several reasons why people use VPNs, and more people are starting to do so now. We’ll discuss how they function and the reasons why demand is increasing right now. 

Using VPN Encryption

I’ll give an example of how a VPN gets rid of the digital breadcrumb trail we leave online: 

Typically, you connect to your internet service provider first while attempting to access a website on the internet (ISP). Your browser will be redirected to any websites (or other online resources) you specify.

Your whole internet behaviour can be seen and recorded, since everything you do online passes through the servers of your ISP. It’s even possible that advertisers, authorities, and other third parties will learn about your internet activities.

The VPN provides a remedy for people who are concerned about that: Your internet traffic is redirected through a distant server that has been specially set up. Because all of your activity is directed through the VPN server, your ISP is no longer able to see the websites you visit. It also encrypts all the data you send or receive and masks your IP address. 

Anyone who intercepts the encrypted transmission won’t be able to benefit from it because they won’t be able to understand it.

Think about security layers

The VPN functions by establishing an encrypted “tunnel” via the internet. This protects any data that is transferred between you and your destination, including data from an online banking account to a search engine.

Your client, which could be a computer, smartphone, or tablet, initially authenticates with a VPN server to build the tunnel. All data that is exchanged between you and your web destination is then encrypted by the server.

To be sent over the internet, data must first be divided into packets. The VPN effectively encapsulates each data packet in an outer packet that is encrypted using the encapsulation technique.

This extra layer is the essential component of the VPN tunnel, since it protects the data during transport. The “outer packet is eliminated” as the data is decrypted once it reaches its destination.

Additionally, these packets are linked to IP addresses other than your own, which prevents them from leaving a trace that can be used to identify you. You will appear to be browsing from a different nation if you connect to a server there.

The Rise in VPN Use

The benefit of utilizing a VPN is that it provides secure internet access, which appeals especially to those who must rely on public Wi-Fi, especially when travelling. They are able to access unrestrained and uncensored content from anywhere in the world, in addition to gaining security.

However, VPN usage is rising even if the majority of us are not travelling.

The usage of VPNs is more common among non-techies, according to the general trend. Regular household customers who have never utilized a VPN service are becoming more and more accustomed to it.

Although there are “certain peaks” on weekends, the current rise in usage “correlates with self-isolation, the quarantine, and social distancing happening around the world owing to the coronavirus.” That would be consistent with the statistics showing that improved online entertainment is the main driver behind VPN adoption.

There are, of course, geographical variations in usage, and VPN are absolutely off-limits in nations that have outlawed or banned their use.

Countries like China, Russia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Turkey, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Belarus, North Korea, and Uganda fall under this category. It is primarily due to these nations’ attempts to restrict the amount of information that their citizens can access online.

Service Choice: Cost and Privacy

If one only receives what one pays for, why do some businesses offer free VPN services? 

Reliable providers make significant financial investments in its product and supporting infrastructure, thus they must recover those costs through fees. When you receive the service for free, your data is used as a separate form of payment. Therefore, he advises that any fine print in the terms and conditions of any free service should be carefully read:

The majority of free VPN services frequently gather user information and sell it to government agencies or third-party advertising firms. Users should always review service policies and become familiar with how their data is handled before registering.

Because a lot of potentially sensitive personal information is included in usage logs, a service’s privacy policy should be one of the key factors considered when choosing it.

Even while the majority of providers state that their VPN services are no-log, some of them may nonetheless keep detailed connection logs. That’s an issue since others might be able to identify you using this information about your internet access.

To determine the degree of privacy, it is advised to consider the following:

  • Types of information the program gathers about customers’ internet usage.
  • Country where the service is provided and local legal restrictions.
  • External support or tracking tools.

Final Reflections

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is, as is the case with many other things as well. Free internet services frequently require you to contribute data that may be significantly more valuable than the service fees itself.

Additionally, it does seem a little odd to forfeit your privacy in order to use a service designed to protect it.

Just some food for thought.