"Anonymous” VPN Providers have diverted privacy-conscious VPN users to focus on the false promise of anonymity instead of focusing on what really matters when choosing a VPN provider: transparency, trust, ease of use, performance and reliability. We hope dispelling some of these common myths will lead to a more transparent and frank discussion about privacy in the VPN industry and on the Internet in general.
When Connected To a VPN, I Am Untouchable
VPNs offer a high level of security, safety, and anonymity on the Internet. When you connect with VyprVPN on your devices you ensure that your data is only able to be received and read by the intended recipient via a connection that is virtually impossible to detect, and if it is detected looks like nothing more than a random, encrypted and undecipherable connection with no visible origin or endpoint. This protects you from a wide variety of Internet threats but not all of them.
When using any VPN it is best to stay on guard when accessing any unfamiliar sites or to not access them at all. While connected to a VPN you are still open to potential attacks. If you go to a shady website, or open a shady email, or do some other questionable activity on the Internet your device will be at risk of attack. The simplest will be phishing scams for information, maybe a virus or other executable file; the worst will be active attacks against your network, device, accounts, and person.
Be alert, always use your Internet best practices including the use of malware protection, firewalls, screening emails, and avoiding sensitive tasks while on public Wi-Fi networks!
All VPNs are created equally
While free software and services are appealing, there is always a cost. You always have to ask yourself what you are getting when you sign up for free software, and how it is that they are making money off of you. When it comes to a VPN you have to ask yourself, am I getting the best, the latest, the most secure form of VPN or am I getting the basic, not that great, slow to use VPN that anyone with mid-level hacking skills can detect and intercept. One of the larger concerns is the speed, which is going to be very limited, and the amount of bandwidth you are allowed to use each month, which won’t be a lot.
Additional concerns are security and anonymity. One of the ways in which a free VPN can make money is to track your browsing history. The service you use to keep from being tracked may be tracking you, and then sell that information to the highest bidder. In most cases, it is browsing data such as websites, shopping habits, etc. You could also experience a major breach of personal or business secrets.
VPNs Always Slow Down Your Connection
The number one complaint about VPNs, from non-users, is that they will slow down your connection speed. It is possible for this to happen but it is not entirely true, and modern advances in the tunneling protocols have greatly improved speeds. Even to the point that commercially viable products are available. The first thing to keep in mind is that your connection speed is ultimately limited by the speed of your connection. Obviously, faster connections will perform much better than slower ones. Another factor that comes into play is the location of the server you are using (VPNs work by routing your connection through dedicated remote servers), the farther away from the server – the slower your connection, or greater the lag time.
This problem can be alleviated by using a number of servers located around the world, so you can choose the ones best suited to the task at hand. In addition, there is more than one kind of VPN protocols. Each offers a different level of security, is good for different kinds of Internet-related tasks, and affects connection speeds in different ways. An OpenVPN or L2TP may not be the best for watching streaming content but do offer high levels of security for data transfers and file sharing, a HybridVPN with SmartDNS such as VyprDNS is best for streaming media but does not offer the same level of security.
VPNs Are For Privacy-Obsessed Individuals
There’s a particular sort of person who really just looks at the world through rose-tinted glasses. They believe that if they don’t go looking for trouble, then it won’t find them.
For those of us living in the real world, we know that the best rule to live by is ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’. A VPN is a fairly standard layer of security and privacy that just about anyone can afford. You don’t have to visit sensitive sites for someone to take advantage of you. For example, if you use public Wi-Fi hotspots, you could open your computer up to an attack without the use of a VPN.
The list goes on and on, we hope you have found these debunked misconceptions valuable in reassuring you that when you use VyprVPN, you are secure and well-invested!
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