VPN Q&A – A beginner’s frequently asked questions

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VPN Q&A – A beginner’s frequently asked questions

A VPN or a Virtual Private Network is a secure tunnel that connects two or more devices in a network setup, especially via the internet. It ensures security and privacy because all your data traffic is encrypted and nobody can have access to it, not even your ISP.
Is a machine or a specialized computer designed to process, handle requests and return results to the clients over a network.
Internet Protocol (IP) address is a unique internet/network identifier that is either assigned dynamically or statically to a device by a server.
You need a VPN service to protect your privacy, data and enhance security over the internet. You also need a VPN for specific purposes such bypassing your ISP, government censorship and accessing geo-restricted content.
Some companies practice market segmentation, and so is the price for their products and services. With a VPN, you can fool the company that you are in a place where they sell their products cheaply. Also, regarding data, a VPN prevents hackers from accessing your confidential info which they can use to blackmail you and in turn, you will end up spending a lot of money.
Free services offer limited features such as few servers and limited bandwidth; they are also generally weak regarding security. Subscriptions ensure that you get premium service from the VPN provider.
It is recommended that anyone who has access to the internet to use a VPN even when surfing.
Literally, anyone interested in your data, or with capabilities of snooping and eavesdropping can see your data. The known culprits are your ISPs, companies keen on enforcing copyrights and licenses and also the government.
It’s always good to use a VPN when surfing the internet in general. It keeps you safe from prying eyes and other internet vulnerabilities.
Protocols are ways used by the VPN service to relay your traffic to the server. VPN services use secure protocols such as OpenVPN protocol for connection purposes.
Domain Name System (DNS) is a service/server that resolves domain names such as “google.com” into their respective IP addresses. The Internet works with IP addresses, but we can’t memorize all of them. Instead, we use domain names.
A DNS leak is a situation where some of your data traffic goes through another route other than the stipulated secure route.
This is a policy which stipulates that the VPN services will not be allowed to keep records of your online activities such as browsing history, will not collect your private data and anything that can expose you.

Now that you are familiar with all the VPN basics, we invite you to read our VPN advanced Q&A

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