A VPN encrypts your internet traffic and sends it via a secure tunnel between your computer and the VPN server. No one can access the data that passes through this tunnel and it’s invisible to everyone, including ISPs, government snoopers, identity thieves and hackers.
Will a VPN keep You completely private and anonymous online?
Not completely, but it acts as a shield against online snoopers. It’s most often used to keep you safe on public Wi-Fi by hiding you from criminals and stopping them intercepting
A VPN also protects you from overzealous websites and apps that hoover up personal data relating to your location, browsing habits, purchases and social media.
VPNs are also used by people engaging in nefarious activities, from kids accessing adult content to serious criminals wishing to connect anonymously.
VPNs do not offer these people invisibility, however, because all VPN vendors need to comply with local-enforcement laws, so under correct judicial process, it is technically possible to identify devices based on IP addresses.
However, there are still misconceptions about VPNs and how they can be useful
to an average internet user. Here are three to consider:-
1. Whatever they claim, all VPNs log user traffic
Some VPN providers don’t have a choice because the country in which they operate may legally require them to log their users’
internet activity. And when user information is logged, it can easily be shared with
the government and other third parties.
However, if a VPN operates from a country where traffic logs are not required by law,
it will delete user activity after each session and there are no obstacles to stop it
running a log-less service.
2.Free VPNs offer the same level of protection
A VPN provider offering a free service still has to earn money to pay for expensive server maintenance and other overheads, such as staff salaries. Most often, it will do this by selling user data. For this reason alone, paid-for VPNs are safer. They usually offer faster speeds and other advantages, too.
3.VPNs slow down internet traffic
A VPN can sometimes slow down the internet. If the slowdown is noticeable, the
VPN may be experiencing temporary technical problems, but if it’s always slow, you may need to switch to another provider.
Paid-for VPNs usually offer a wider selection of servers to connect to – so when one is heavily loaded and slow, it’s easy to connect to another one. Connecting to a server that’s closer geographically may solve the speed problem.
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