What is a VPN?
VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network.
A VPN is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Large corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to securely connect to a private network.
A VPN can connect multiple sites over a large distance just like a Wide Area Network (WAN). VPNs are often used to extend intranets worldwide to disseminate information and news to a wide user base. Educational institutions use VPNs to connect campuses that can be distributed across the country or around the world.
In order to gain access to the private network, a user must be authenticated using a unique identification and a password. An authentication token is often used to gain access to a private network through a personal identification number (PIN) that a user must enter.
VPN in the way we mean and use it is not that much different to the described way. We join a virtual private network from a VPN provider and get a not public routed IP and can access the internet through NAT (like adding default gateway to the VPN one). And for securing our connection they also do not log anything (<- that’s not standard, but should be with a good provider)
I see a lot of “Free VPN Services” is this possible or are they just scamming me.
Many people agree “If you’re not paying for it, then you are the product.” Hosting a VPN service can be very expensive and any VPN service that offers free service has to pay their bills some how. A free VPN service is not recommended.
What does the six strike thing mean?
The Center for Copyright Information (CCI), the US organization tasked with developing a workable system for “punishing infringement of copyright” on the web, has explained how the six strikes program for US internet users will work. More Information can be found in this article
There are a lot of companies out there offering VPN services. What are the top 3 most trusted, user-friendly vpns? Will it run on windows, linux and mac?
Not that easy to answer, since everyone will have other personal preferences
What is the best balance of quality with monthly cost for VPN?
A good VPN should cost between $5-10 a month.
Should I always run my VPN? Even when gaming or shopping online?
For gaming, no, it will increase your latency (ping) too much, and isn’t really needed. The only times it could help would be when you log into the game with username/password, or if the game has an online/in-game store you’re buying from with a real credit card. You should verify that communications with the login screen and store are encrypted (as they should be and probably are on every major online game) before using it.
For shopping – if the shopping site uses https:// for every page, or at least the payment pages, then it is already encrypted for those pages. Anyone listening in will only be able to see what site you are shopping at, but the not the contents of your communications with it. If you want to eliminate the possibility of eavesdroppers or men-in-the-middle seeing even what store you are shopping at then you should use a VPN.
Do I need to do anything with my router?
Just for VPNing on a single computer? No.
List of VPN Providers
|My Expat Network|
|Private Internet Access|
|Smart DNS Proxy|
See here for more details.
Beware of False Reviews – VPN Marketing and Affiliate Programs
When I began alpha testing what would eventually become the technology behind my service, I had no idea what marketing on the internet was like. I only knew network security and speeds, and I strongly disliked the performance of the VPN services that I had tried out. I saw an opportunity to create a service for people like me who were fed up with slow, unreliable, and shoddy networks. Before joining up with my partners and actually starting a serious company, all I knew about internet marketing was that you paid for ads on ad networks and users clicked those ads to hopefully sign up for your service.
Now, two years later, I have a much greater understanding of how this business works. It is dirty, it is shady, and it is cutthroat. Competitors will pay black-hat parties to DDoS your website or services, they will pay script kiddies with botnets to commit massive click-fraud on your ads, they will pay individuals huge sums of money to spam websites with praise for their product, and they will pay people to praise themselves and denounce others en-masse in “review” websites.
The VPN market is not one of healthy competition, and it does not operate in the best interests of the privacy minded consumer. Unless you are talking to someone you personally know and trust, it is hard to get an honest review about any service.
The biggest evidence for this is with a little research, you can find out who is paying the most affiliate cash, and compare that to who “wins” the VPN reviews. Invariably, the ones that pay the most tend to show up at the top of the lists, and the ones that don’t pay affiliate cash either don’t even get a review, or get shoved down to the bottom of the site in obscurity.
Let me be frank. These sites are nothing more than “linkfarming” sites in disguise. They put up as many affiliate links as they can, then give the highest paying ones praise to rake in money. There is no other motivation.