Why do you need a VPN service?
Never heard of VPN? Do you want to know what is it and what can it do for you?
Every device that is connected to the Internet has his own IP address that allows identifying the device when it’s connected online. A VPN service allows you to mask this IP address and surf anonymously online or, in cases where you want to watch restricted websites, allow you to bypass those restrictions and view the contents from any countries in the world.
VPN is a technology that connects you to a server located somewhere else (normally another country) and let you use the Internet as you were in that location where the server is. The advantages are clear, of which the main two are that your identity is hidden and you access more contents.
VPNs are normally used by companies to protect their data by not allowing unknown people or software to see and steal them. However, since a few years, VPNs methods are commercially sold to private users in exchange for money to allow everyone with Internet access to protect their identity online. Many people in China are using VPNs to bypass the restrictions imposed by their government. In the US also many people use VPN along with their streaming devices to access programs, TV channels, websites that are not visible in the country with a normal Internet connection.
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Does VPN secure?
When someone uses a VPN service he looks at connecting remotely to another server to watch content or access websites that are restricted in his location. Of course, this type of surfing comes with security concerns.
And this is a very valid point because security and privacy are really important aspects for everyone. So is a VPN secure? VPN services secure your data with 256-bit AES and SSL encryption. Of course, the encryption will depend on which provider you are going to use. You can use a 256 AES, the most secure, or the 3DES encryption, not so secure. IPVanish follows full zero log policy, means none of your data is stored on their servers like most of the VPN service provider companies do.
For this reason, is always recommended to check every provider you can think of to learn more about the level of security and privacy of your connection they offer. In fact, every VPN provider offers different levels of security.
Features Of VPN
- The dedicated or shared IP address – make sure you choose the dedicated IP, it’s allocated only for you and even if other users may violate some rules, you will not be banned from using that IP like it would happen for a shared IP. It also provides you with more security than a shared IP.
- Server locations – this will depend on individual needs. Many countries like Kuwait, China, Iraq, Syria have restrictions on certain content so make sure your VPN provider can bypass these restrictions. This can be done only if your VPN provider has servers allocated in other countries.
- Logging – this feature has to do with privacy a lot. Simply make sure your provider does not keep the log of your surfing activity. If a provider keeps logs, then obviously it’s not a good provider as it ruins the very first reason why a VPN exists: anonymity.
- Protocols – this goes down to security. If you are thinking of using a VPN service you probably are concerned about your security online. When searching for a valid provider to make sure it has PPTP protocols in place, which allows you to securely watch Netflix and HBO. However, PPTP might not be enough if you need higher levels of security to choose a provider with L2TP, SSL, and IPSec.