Overview of the main misconceptions of users when choosing a VPN
Starting to think about security on the Internet, you are likely to re-read tons of sources and reviews, as well as information about VPN providers. All this will be reduced to just one request - buy our VPN, and do not worry about security. However, a secure VPN has a number of myths, to know about which, you simply owe it.
Consider the 5 main myths about VPN:
1. Only hackers use VPN
Hackers use for their purposes many software solutions, for example Tor browser, regular browser, even a text editor and generally the Internet, it does not mean that we should not use the same publicly available software. Of course not.
The main reasons why we use VPN are traffic encryption and bypassing access locks to certain resources.
Recently, in the CIS countries, blocking of foreign websites has become very popular, for one reason or another. However, people are used to the fact that there are no restrictions on the availability of this or that resource on the Internet. Therefore, the most simple and understandable way out of the situation is a VPN connection.
Also an inherent virtue of VPN is the encryption of all traffic. This is a very good plus for your safety. If you often make purchases on the Internet, conduct correspondence that should not fall into the wrong hands, or simply do not want someone to take over the data that you transmit through various resources, the VPN is what you need. In the end, it turns out that even if your Internet connection is hacked, then the decryption of data from the attackers will take a huge amount of time and resources, which means it is not profitable.
2. Using a VPN will greatly slow the connection speed
Absolutely false if you do not use any free VPN. We already wrote an article about the disadvantages of this VPN and slow speed is not the only drawback of VPN connection of a free provider.
Of course, a small loss in connection speed for VPN is quite normal, simply because the technology is built like this.
For paid providers, even low-cost, low speed has long been in the past, thanks to servers with a broad channel and the development of technology in principle. You should understand that the speed of your VPN connection depends on many factors.
First, it's the speed of your Internet connection. If the speed of the Internet you will be small, then when you connect to the VPN it will be slightly smaller.
Secondly, the geographical location of the VPN server to which you are connecting is very important. The farther away from you the server the longer route you need to overcome traffic, and this will not increase your speed in any way.
Third, choose the VPN connection that suits you. Of course, the fastest protocol is OpenVPN, but it may not work on certain devices. L2TP / IPSec is considered the slowest protocol, but very secure.
More details about the protocols available on our VPN provider and their differences can be found in this article.
3. Why buy a VPN if there is a free one?
"Free cheese, only in a mousetrap!". By connecting to a free VPN, you can count on several facts. You will have a 100% connection speed, since a huge number of people use free VPN. Encryption of a free VPN connection can be with little or no algorithm, thereby nullifying your security. Huge streams of advertising, spam - these are the best "friends" of a free VPN. The lack of logging of traffic to free VPNs is unlikely, and even if the attackers can not be tracked by you, the owners of a free VPN can collect information about you and sell it profitable. And also do not forget that by downloading a free application to connect to a VPN your device can be infected with a virus or the application itself can be vulnerable.
More details of the disadvantages of a free VPN are described in this material.
In the absence of all these facts, you can be sure, choosing a paid VPN provider Netmap. We do not conduct any connection logs on our VPN servers, do not offer to download unnecessary software, and we also have a good choice of servers for a quality encrypted connection.
4. All virtual private VPNs are the same
This is not quite true. If you consider the basic functions of VPN, such as traffic encryption and secure VPN connection, then yes - all VPN providers are the same.
However, different VPN providers can offer different connection protocols. In addition to the most common PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN protocols, some VPN providers can offer, for example, other protocols for connectivity such as SSTP or others. Also, different VPN providers can differently encrypt traffic. Some paid providers may offer to download the software developed by them to connect to their VPN.
5. Using VPN, I can do whatever I want
Using VPN protects you from attacks from the outside. That is, an attacker can not intercept your traffic, and even if it succeeds, it is only in an encrypted form. Only you can protect you from other threats. As without using VPN, you should be careful when navigating through suspicious links that you send in emails. Also, do not download questionable software, or suspicious files, thereby infecting your computer with a virus.
Be reasonable in your actions, because the VPN is not an antivirus system. The slightest damage your nonsense can bring is infecting your device with a virus that can be easily removed by checking your computer with an antivirus. In the worst case, your data will be encrypted and most likely you will lose it.
On this you can put a point. Take into account the above information and choose the VPN provider that best suits you, always think before downloading an application, or a file from the network.