Several questions are being asked by different clients concerning our VPN services comparison site. By reviewing the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), many questions about our VPN and computer security comparison site can be answered.
What is a VPN?
A VPN or Virtual Private Network, lets users access a private network on the internet. It is the most popular way to open location blocked content on the internet in many countries around the world like China, Russia, Iraq, USA, and more. VPN’s are a secure way to keep your data safe from snoopers, government censorship, or hackers looking to steal your data.
When and why should I use a VPN?
You should use a VPN anytime you wish to safeguard your privacy or if you want total protection while using a public network like airports, hotels, or your favorite restaurant. You may want to have VPN connected when you are using any file sharing, remote desktop, SSH, FTP, or some web based services. You can use VPN while traveling outside of your home country.
How does a VPN work?
A VPN is created by connecting one network to another virtual network online through a “tunnel” (PPTP.) This tunnel is heavily encrypted using different protocols and creates a secure zone where users can exchange information safely. Many VPN’s have virtual and real servers in multiple countries to increase the security of their VPN connection.
Who can use a VPN?
Anyone can use VPN once they have installed all of the correct software and have a user ID and password. You cannot however, share a VPN between devices on one download. In other words you will need to download the software on each device you plan to use it on. You can also use the VPN on all platforms like cell phones, tablets, desktops and laptops.
Where can I use a VPN?
You can use VPN via WiFi or LAN connection in nearly every country in the world. You must download our software to be able to access our virtual servers and ensure a secure connection online. You will be able to use the VPN at hotels, resorts, restaurants, public spaces, and just about anywhere you need worldwide.
What is the difference between a VPN and a VNC?
A VPN is a Virtual Private Network, and it’s a way of securely connecting to the internet from remote locations, like school or while traveling, with resources online over public communication lines that most likely are not secure. VNC, or Virtual Network Computing, lets users connect to and control a computer remotely. In other words you could use a VNC to access your home computer from any location like the hospital, France, or across the street.
Does my ISP see my online activity?
When you are using VPN, all your local ISP will see is that you are connected to a VPN service and/or remote servers. All data is encrypted while using VPN. Your security and desire to be anonymous is what a VPN is used for.
How long can I stay connected with a VPN?
There is no time limit on using VPN. All connections will be continuous and secure at all times. That doesn’t mean that there are times when there is a break in the connection in the network so be sure to save all information you are working on when active in the network.
Does a VPN slow down my Internet connection?
Yes, there tends to be a bit of a slow down when using VPN but this is normal when you are adding more distance between you and the servers you are accessing. Another reason for the slowdown is that the VPN client is dealing with a heavily encrypted information “tunnel” and this tends to take a bit more time than a normal direct connection with your local ISP.
Why does connecting take such a long time?
Connection takes time due to the usage of so many different virtual “tunnels” at times some tend to get a bit crowded and your client will need to try another route. Also connecting to an encrypted network takes time. Average times connecting are still short in comparison to say, the computer startup process, very little patience is needed.
How secure is my data?
Your data has been all over the world and heavily encrypted a few times and if that’s not confusing enough for hackers or snoopers then you data also goes “dark” while in the PPTP process. Nothing is impossible so there are no guarantees that none of your data can be leaked and decrypted but without military grade VPN protection you won’t have that type of security without paying a small fortune and hiring a group of private IT guys.
Is a VPN easy to setup?
Setting up VPN is as easy as 1, 2, 3. All you need to do is run the software installer. Signup for the VPN service then sit back and enjoy your new, secure connection anywhere in the world. We couldn’t make it any easier.
What are the disadvantages of using a VPN?
Other than a slight degrade on speed there are no disadvantages. Simply put using VPN is the smartest thing you can do. When is it a bad thing to have all of your data encrypted and secure from all eyes, prying or not?
Does VPN support torrents?
Yes, you are able to use file sharing programs and FTP’s to transfer any type of data you may need. There are no restrictions on the type of information that can be transferred or used on VPN networks. There is no data limit for VPN services either.
What applications can I use while connected to VPN?
You should be able to use all applications currently in circulation. At this time there are no conflicts between VPN and any application. That means you can use, all Microsoft products, Apple products, Google, Amazon, and pretty much everything available.