Do I WANT a VPN Service

Do you need a personal VPN service? If you Google around you will see that most people use VPN services to bypass the Internet restrictions from their countries, like in the centre East or China. But a VPN can do so much more for you personally.

The VPN functions by encrypting all of your Internet traffic and redirecting it with a VPN server, typically located in the USA. F1 live stream can have two immediate effects:

1. Your Internet traffic will be obscured from anyone “listening” on the line. Even your ISP or company will have no idea in regards to what your actual Internet traffic really is.

2. Your real IP address will be hidden from the sites you visit, thus offering you anonymity while online.

So even if you come in Wireless HotSpots, places that hackers often scout to get new victims, you may be protected when using the VPN. Firesheep, the Firefox plugin is a preferred tool of the trade and is extremely simple to use, even by amateur hackers, or “script-kiddies” because they are called in the underground community. The VPN encryption will also keep you safe from the Firesheep attacks.

The bad part is that it all comes at a price. Two main issues to be discussed here:

1. When using the VPN you will experience a decrease in speed. This is caused by the encryption and the traffic routing. So if you are in France and you also are using a VPN server, your traffic are certain to get encrypted, sent from France to the VPN server in USA and from the VPN USA server redirected to it`s original intended destination. From there the traffic flows via the same route all the way back in France… That`s a long trip right?

2. Most good VPN services are paid. There are a few free ones, but folks have had bad reviews in the past about free VPN service: limits on bandwidth, poor speeds and connection drops some users say. The paid services generally do much better in terms of performance. Be prepared to pay from 10$ – 20$ per month for an excellent VPN service.

Another important aspect is the encryption the VPN uses. Currently SSL VPNs are considered to have the safest encryption. The most used SSL VPN protocols are SSTP and OpenVPN. Unlike other protocols they use certificates during the authentication process, making a man-in-the-middle hacker attack almost impossible.

So, my advice would be, if you value your privacy and security, get yourself a VPN service and always utilize it in networks you consider unsecured (like airport or coffee shops public networks).

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