It’s important to understand what a VPN is prior to using one. The three letters VPN stand for Virtual Private Network. They were designed originally to be used by businesses/corporations to allow employees access to their internal network in a safe and secure way. A VPN can help make you anonymous online – read below on how they can do this. VPN Providers have made their services easy to use and readily available to consumers to help keep their internet use private.
Table of Contents
- What is a VPN?
- VPN Benefits
- VPN Disadvantages
- Are VPNs Easy to Use?
- Are VPNs Legal?
- Downloading Torrents with VPN
- VPN Accessibility (Mobile devices, Xbox, PS4, routers, etc)
What Is a VPN?
In layman terms, a VPN is used to hide your REAL computer’s identity; IP (Internet Protocol) address, hostname, and DNS server. In place of your computers identity, will be the identity of the VPN. Any good quality VPN will give you at least another IP address, DNS server, and hostname.
Regarding DNS, different VPN companies provide different ways to route traffic. One is by routing through their DNS, or another by using your DNS. If you choose a provider where you route through their DNS server, traffic on your computer will go through the VPN and not on your internet service providers DNS. It’s a layer or blanket on top of your internet connection at home. A very useful way users can bypass or circumvent bans on certain websites is by choosing a VPN provider that routes their internet traffic through the DNS of the VPN. An example of this is how China bans ALL internet users in China from accessing well known websites, such as YouTube.
Keep in mind, VPNs do cost money and the small fee that you’ll pay either monthly or yearly, will be more than justified with the features and benefits of such a VPN. You can choose to go with a free VPN, but you don’t get the same added benefits. There are different pro’s and con’s of each VPN and that is why you need to choose one that best fits your needs. Thanks to our team, we’ve gone through many VPN providers to outline each key feature so you can choose wisely.
- Mask or Hide your Real Location
- Safely Connect to Public Wi-Fi
- Help Improve Streaming Speeds
- Bypass geo-blocked content
- Secure and Encrypt your Internet Browsing
- Hide Download Activity
- Bypass Government Censorship
- Use on Multiple Devices (PC, Phone, Tablet, Xbox, Playstation, Router)
Not all VPN services are created equally – this breaks down into a few different areas such as cost, reliability, scalability, security and customer support. When looking for a VPN, a low cost can be appealing and sometimes cause consumers to overlook other factors such as how many servers they have, the speed of their networks, the number of countries those servers are located in, and what sort of encryption (if any) they use. Another big consideration is their customer service and support. Who wants a VPN provider that has lackluster support or isn’t available 24-hours a day?
Let’s say if there was no encryption, or the VPN uses poor encryption methods, you could be subject to a very common MITM (Man In The Middle) attack. An example scenario of this could be when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi hotspot, you’re connected to a VPN you thought you could trust, and start browsing different websites. There could be an attacker intercepting your web traffic who is watching or sniffing all of your internet traffic.
Is a VPN Easy to Use?
There is a common bias that VPNs are difficult to use and that they’re only for the elite or employees of corporations. Using a VPN doesn’t have to be hard. Sure, you could get a VPN that doesn’t have a nice GUI (graphical user interface) and requires advanced configurations to get it to function. The truth of the matter is you don’t need to be an advanced user. So just how difficult is it to use a VPN? If you’re able to sign up for an e-mail account or Facebook account, you can use a VPN. Having the ability to follow some of our user guides will help you right along the way.
Is a VPN Legal?
You might be wondering if hiding your IP address is legal or not. The simple answer is yes, a VPN is completely legal. There are some countries which impose restrictions or ban them and make them illegal. Read our article for information on which countries VPNs are illegal.
Downloading Torrents with VPN