Virtual private networks (VPN Review) have been around for long, but many people don’t understand them. Due to the misunderstanding, there are many myths surrounding them. Here are the most common myths:
While it’s true that VPNs slow down browsing speeds, this isn’t common in all services. The problem is common with free VPNs. The reason why the services are slow is because many people are using them.
Although, service providers will show certificates from trusted certificate authorities, this doesn’t mean that your information is secure. An amateur may not be able to penetrate a link, but a professional hacker won’t have any problem getting access to secured data inside a VPN.
One of the most interesting cases is that of Iranian hackers that were able to get SSL certificates for Yahoo, Google, Mozilla and other online giants. They did this by spoofing Comodo.
Before you use a VPN service take your time to understand the technology used by the service provider. As rule of thumb stay away from sites using secure socket layer (SSL) technology and early versions of transport layer security (TLS). The two are insecure.
This is very wrong. There are many types of VPNs in the market. The most common being: site-to-site, intranet-based and extranet-based VPN. Every type has its pros and cons. To choose the right service undertake plenty of research. It’s also wise that you get advice from professionals.
The service providers keep your IP address, location, operating system and browser. They keep the information as in-house requirements or for legal reasons.
There are many reasons why you can use a VPN service. Some of the reasons include: accessing restricted sites, maintaining privacy when accessing the internet using public Wi-Fi, or making your online activity untraceable.