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Top 5 VPN Myths

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Over the last few years, VPNs have become the preferred medium to safeguard privacy on the internet. Since most governments spy on their citizens these days, the popularity of privacy solutions such as VPNs is going up year after year. However, since VPN is a relatively new technology, there are several misconceptions associated with it. In this detailed article, we will reveal the top 5 myths about Virtual Private Networks.

Myth #1 – A VPN Provider Can Deliver Its Service Without Logging Anything

Most VPN companies advertise a zero logging policy to entice new customers. However, from a technical point of view, it is next to impossible to run a VPN network without logging at least bare minimum connection details. If a VPN provider were to deliver its service without logging anything, it won’t be able to diagnose server or network issues or guarantee a reasonable uptime at all.

Although there is no way to escape logging, you can check few things to ensure that your VPN provider would indeed protect your privacy on the net. First of all, you need to check what kind of details are being logged and for how long. Stay away from VPN companies that log IP address and location for an extended period of time. You also need to check the jurisdiction under which the company operates and research whether the company has revealed customer details in the past.

Myth #2 – Using A VPN Would Grant You Total Privacy

While there is no denying the fact that VPNs can change your IP address and help you to secure your privacy, they cannot protect you from cookie based tracking. Most email providers, social networks, ecommerce websites and banking sites use cookies to save your login details and browsing preferences and there is nothing a VPN service provider can do to protect you from such forms of tracking. Indeed, the only way to escape from all types of tracking is to disable cookies and NOT to log into any service at all but then you won’t be able to use a vast majority of websites and online services.

Myth #3 – All VPN Protocols Are Created Equal

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most security experts already recommend not touse the PPTP protocol so if your provider delivers service only via this protocol, your private data and privacy could be compromised. While choosing a VPN service, always go with a provider that offers 128-256 bit encryption through OpenVPN, SSTP or L2TP protocols.

Myth #4 – A VPN Will Always Slow Down Your Internet Speed

A VPN could no doubt slow down your internet speed but it also depends on the speed available to you through your ISP and the distance between the VPN server and your current location. While most customers can expect a reasonable drop in connection speeds when they connect to the internet through a VPN, you may experience faster speeds for certain activities than what is available through your ISP. For instance, if your ISP throttles speed for gaming and torrenting then you can certainly experience better speeds for these activities simply by switching to a fast VPN service.

Myth #5 – A VPN Can Keep You Safe From All Kinds Of Online Threats

Although a VPN can help you to shield your online activities from hackers and criminals, it cannot protect you against viruses, malwares and malicious programs floating around the internet. This is because, unlike a firewall or anti-virus program, a VPN provider does not inspect the files that your are downloading or the websites that you are visiting. Some VPN providers do include a server level firewall protection feature with their plans but if you want total protection from all types of malicious programs, it is advisable to install a good firewall and anti-virus software on your computer or mobile device.

May 6, 2014

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