VPNs, or virtual private networks, are only as reliable as the connections they use. That’s why it’s important for individuals and companies alike to check if the type of connection their VPN successfully disguises your IP (internet protocol) address and doesn’t collect any information from you or your activity.
Simon Elkjær, Chief Marketing Officer of avXperten, says it’s also important to look for VPNs that have added security to make sure it’s safe from attacks and leaks. There are multiple VPNs available but the ones that guarantee your safety are a select few.
He adds that before purchasing or subscribing to a VPN package, it’s important for you to go beyond the enticing messages and promises and carefully look at the features of these applications and if it works for you and your business.
In other words, the security it could offer to you depends on your activity. Zippy Electrics founder Daniel Carter shares that while it’s effective in protecting you from being spied on and compromised by the malicious actions of cyber criminals, you can still be hacked even while using a VPN.
Say, for instance, you unknowingly caught a malware or revealed your username and password to someone who has sinister intentions, you’ll get hacked, claimed Carter. This is why being cautious contributes a lot in the performance of a VPN.
We’ve talked to some of our peers in the tech and security industry to know more about the subject of virtual private network (VPN), its use, its process, and whether or not it’s worth using. Priyanshu Bandyopadhyay of P&S – A Perspective, luckily, gives us a detailed overview of the basic things we need know. Here’s what he had to say:
What is VPN?
VPN stands Virtual Private Network. In short, a VPN protects your privacy by hiding your Internet Protocol (IP) address. Nowadays, it has become an essential item for anonymity because it encrypts your connections.
How Do VPNs Work?
A VPN masks your connection through another server. By this method, your private data cannot be accessed through the internet or even by your internet service provider (ISP). The data is encrypted and turned into unreadable form only decryptable by a key that is locally stored in your device.
Different VPNs use different protocols, but the main concept remains the same: tunneling your data, as well as identifying when it is being transferred from your device to the destination server. The two best protocols used in VPNs are Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Internet Protocol Security (IPSec).
Should You Use a VPN?
The short and simple answer is “YES.” You should definitely use a VPN especially in these times. Nowadays, practically nothing can be done without the internet and with growing demands, companies and businesses have become desperate to know more about you so that targeted ads can be placed.
They track each and every online activity of yours and take data like personal details, location, interests, etc, without letting you know. But if you want to be stopped from being tracked then using a VPN might be the simplest way to do it. Its reliability, on the other hand, is another story.
How Reliable are VPNs?
Although VPNs are for protecting user’s privacy and data online, can you trust the VPN service providing company? This is the big question.
VPNs should be transparent about privacy policies. They also should take steps, from leaking data to deleting the user logs from browning history. A good VPN should also itself be safe from security compromises.
Any good VPN should offer a number of standard features such as Multiauthor authentication, Kill switch, Encryption of IP address and Encryption of user logs.
However, I don’t recommend using a free VPN. For a quick private search it may be good, but those offering free services unlimitedly often have several catches. Like server locations are limited, speed is reduced, security is not that strong and even user logs are stored and sometimes separately sold to advertisers.
Bandyopadhyay concludes that you should be very careful when choosing a VPN. It’s like your bank, but instead of handling your money, it handles your data which is equally valuable in today’s world.
There you have it. We hope this article sheds some light on the subject of VPN and its reliability. Did we miss anything out? Be sure to leave a comment down below about your opinions on VPN or if you have any tips and/or suggested providers.