A VPN has become more common in recent times however many people are not aware of what the purpose of it really is and why you it is necessary for some users. One of the most common misconceptions about VPN services is that it is often associated with business purposes and encouraging your employees to make use of them. This however is simply not true is VPN services can also be used for personal purposes and one of the most important reasons for using a VPN connection is that it will encrypt your connection which protects your ISP from being able to view whatever your activities are online and your browsing location.
What Does VPN Stand For?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it allows you to securely and safely transmit or view websites, documents or any personal data without being seen by any potential hackers. This connection is encrypted and is the safest way to transmit data securely.
What is the purpose of VPN and What is it used for?
Essentially a VPN is used to encrypt your connection in real time which prevents anybody from being able to track, view or steal your data and with the increased needs of IT Security in recent times due to new viruses and malware being developed everyday, the need for a VPN connection has now become very necessary for users who deal with sensitive data over an internet connection. A VPN obscures your location from anybody and it does this by giving you an ip address from different locations around the world which makes your browsing activity much more secure. Your connection remains hidden and encrypted and only a super advanced hacker may possibly be able to find the encryption key.
Disadvantages of VPN Services
Unfortunately with all online services, there are always drawbacks and this is the case with VPN services. Using a VPN will allow you access content in other countries that are not available in your country, however the same goes in reverse as there will be certain websites or services that you won’t be able to access if you are connected through a VPN connection. VPN’s provide a service called “Spoofing” where you are able to connect to servers in other countries and obtain an ip address from that country. This however does not always and this service also depends on what type of VPN Provider you are with and the type of membership plan you are as some VPN providers only provide this service to paying customers. Lastly, Your connection can become slower over a VPN connection and your may find your browsing speed over the internet slower than usual.
Is a VPN Service necessary for you?
Your ISP will not usually provide enough security and you receive a normal public ip address that is visible to users of the internet. This makes you vulnerable to potential hackers over the internet and your browsing history can be shared with advertisers. By not having a VPN service in use, you are always in the dark about who could be potentially viewing your browsing history and you never actually know when you could potentially at risk. For this reason you should consider getting a VPN solution to better secure yourself.
How do I use a VPN service?
You will first need to subscribe to a professional VPN provider. Some of the recommended options are ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Surfshark. You then will be able to enable your VPN connection and choose which server in which country you would like to connect to. Once you are connected then your ISP and anyone over the internet will not be able to view your browsing data or find your physical location. This will allows you browse the internet more securely without your surfing behaviour or location being exposed.
What Are The Different Types Of VPN’s?
There are many different types of VPN’s but you should be aware of the 3 main types of VPN’s which are SSL VPN, Site to Site VPN and Client to Server VPN.
- SSL VPNs are used by larger businesses to prevent random strangers from over the internet from being able to access their own private network
- Site to Site VPN’s are used mostly by larger companies that have multiple offices over a country and this allows each branch to access the other securely over the internet. This solution however is less versatile than SSL VPN’s
- Client to Server VPNs allows a user to access their data on a secure server through their desktop or Laptop. This solution has become more common among our clients and it is the easiest to implement.
If you require more advice on the best type of VPN for your needs or you simply need assistance with having your VPN service setup then look no further than Cryptic Solutions!
We can offer you professional advice and provide you with the best possible solution for your needs.