Tom Maxtone (tomtonmax)

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VPN, a way to browse safely, protect your data and hide your

How many hours a day do you spend on the Internet? A lot? A little? It doesn't really matter.

Because despite being an invention that helps us in our daily lives, it has a dark side that is rarely talked about: Internet security.

Fortunately, the solution to this is very simple: you just need to know what a VPN is.

You don't know what we're talking about? In the next few lines, we will not only explain what it is, but we will also look at its advantages, disadvantages, how to choose one and much more.

And knowing that it is something related to security... Are you really going to leave without reading it?

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.

And why do you need something like that? Because thanks to them you can surf the Internet safely and, above all, privately.

How does this type of technology help to maintain your privacy on the Internet? For that, we have to go to the next section.

How does a VPN work?

The concept behind VPNs is very simple, but to understand it, it is essential to know how the Internet works.

When you surf the Net, basically what happens is an exchange of information between your device (computer, mobile phone, tablet, console, etc...) and the different servers.

This means that all the data you send (IP address, passwords, e-mail,...) are available to anyone with the knowledge to obtain them, including hackers.

However, if you use a VPN to "pry" through the network, you add an extra layer of protection to prevent this (among other problems).

How? It all starts from the beginning.

To begin with, when you activate the VPN on your device, the signal that goes out to the ISP server is already encrypted, but in addition, it does not go out to the Internet directly, but through the VPN server.

This means that even your provider does not know what information you are handling and, furthermore, it is not your device that is going out to the network, but the VPN server.

This is a very simplified way of writing it, but the important thing is what comes next.

Advantages and disadvantages of using a VPN

Here are the pros and cons of hiring a VPN

The advantages

  • It is a more private (and therefore safer) way to use the Internet.
  • It adds an extra layer of reliability to public Wi-Fi networks.
  • It serves to circumvent geographic censorship of Internet content.
  • It allows you to create a network and access it from anywhere in safety.

2. Disadvantages

  • The Internet connection is slower.
  • It is not a 100% secure method.
  • Depending on the device you use, it may not be able to hide your location.

Tips for choosing the best VPN to browse

Are you clear that a virtual private network is what you need?

Our friends at Hostcupon have made comparisons of different VPNs and we recommend that you check, before activating your VPN service to browse, which is the best VPN you can hire. In short, these are the points you should look at before choosing yours:

  1. Respect for privacy

Obviously, but since it's so important that it is, we can't help but say so.

Remember that one of the main advantages of using a VPN is that you can surf the Internet safely and privately, so if the service doesn't respect your privacy it's not an option.

And how do you know if it meets this requirement? Simple, you just need to make sure they have a policy of not tracing their users.

That includes no logging.

  1. Use state-of-the-art technology

We have some bad news to tell you: hackers are not resting, they are always looking for new ways to bypass the latest protections.

We're not telling you this to discourage and worry you, but to help you understand how important it is that the VPN you hire is state-of-the-art.

Because if you use an outdated one, it's not offering that extra security that comes with surfing through a virtual private network.

  1. With servers in different countries

This depends on what you want to use the VPN for, but in general, we can say that the more the better.

What is indispensable, though, is that at least they are not located in your own country.

And if you're looking to connect to a country you can't access because of geographical restrictions, make sure it has servers there.

  1. Keep an eye on the data

What do we mean by data? In this case, speed and limits.

Because some VPN companies limit the connection speed or restrict the amount of information they can handle to a certain number.

Something like mobile rates that offer a few MBs (or GBs) a month and if you spend them, either you can't surf, or you have to pay a bonus. 5. Compatible with various devices

Because it answers the following question: do you surf the Internet through a single device?

If the answer is no, you are obliged to contract a VPN service that offers the possibility to be configured with the different terminals you use.

Or at least, with the most common ones.

Other uses for a VPN network

Although throughout this post we have insisted only on security, the reality is that a VPN is good for much more:

- Remote access from anywhere: for leisure or work, you can use a virtual private network to access another computer no matter where you are.
- Skip restrictions: geographical (not being able to access a service or website from another country) and political (censorship by a government).
- Downloading files: mostly torrent files and others with P2P protocol.
- Protect yourself on public networks: where anyone can spy on your movements and collect sensitive information.

As you can see, the versatility of a VPN is enormous.

VPN access to services in SW Hosting

Of course, all our customers have the possibility of activating an SSL VPN service in order to guarantee totally secure and private access to their Cloud servers.

The VPN access can be used in conjunction with a private VLAN, which will serve to link all the Clouds located in any SW Hosting Data Center by non public IP and communicate with each other, at speeds above 1GB. Designed for development and pre-production environments, to be able to join them in a secure way and only allow access to developers in a guaranteed way through a VPN.

Following our philosophy, we have made all the VPN integration in your services very easy, from your SW Panel you will be able to create an SSL VPN "container" that will connect to your private VLAN.


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