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Details Before Choosing A Private VPN Service
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Details Before Choosing A Private VPN Service

Signing up for a virtual private network could mean that you're looking for privacy online. There are actually a number of uses for VPNs, including unblocking sites, bypassing firewalls, and changing your IP address, but users looking for privacy online know what VPNs beat out any other kind of software (namely proxies) as far as anonymity goes. Proxies use data encryption and tunneling protocols to not only make your data an un-crackable packet of info, but also makes this coded information invisible as it travels through cyberspace. In addition There are some things you should consider before signing up for a private VPN service.

VPN Servers

You may be unaware of this because most VPN services don't make it known, but not all VPN service own the servers that they use to relay your data. Unless explicitly stated, it may be that your VPN service is renting, or sharing VPN service with another company. A lot of smaller VPN services are actually resellers from larger VPN services. For example, company A lets company B sell VPN subscriptions under a different name. The price, advertising, and customer service will be different, but the servers are the same. Normally, this isn't an issue - after all, both services are probably claiming to be dedicated to your privacy. However, when it comes down to it, the service you've hired to protect your private information doesn't actually own, maintain, or control the machines that are handling it. This is a bit unsettling I think.

Country of Origin

The country of origin of the VPN service you use can be important. Though most services have servers located around the world, the company handling your data is bound by local laws. For any legitimate VPN service to continue running, they've got to follow laws like any other company or organization. If local courts order them to provide information about users on their servers, they must. There is even a possibility that the VPN service could have servers confiscated and data be stripped and analyzed. Knowing the country where your virtual private network service is based, and local laws regarding your activity online is important. Don't be afraid to ask. VPN services are very open and clear about what they do and don't allow on their servers.

Limits to anonymity

Many users looking for privacy online think that using a private VPN service means complete anonymity, no matter what you do online. Most VPN services are also very clear about not keeping server logs, or monitoring your information online. However, to maintain server reliability and find abusive users, most services will record times that you log in. Even if it's not the time, the point still stands that they can locate you, and that authorities can request (though appropriate channels of course) that a VPN service provide information about their users. This will usually apply to things like hacking government organizations or individual users, misuse of information obtained through the VPN network, illegal downloading and distributing copyrighted content, and the breaking of international laws. VPNs are not a vehicle for illegal activity.


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