VPN(Virtual Private Network) is a short form of Virtual Private Network. It allows you to access the web securely and privately. VPN can be used to access geo-restricted websites.
What is a VPN(Virtual Private Network)?
A VPN(Virtual Private Network) is a service that allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the internet. It helps you to access the web safely and privately by routing your connection through a server and hiding your online actions.
How does a VPN work?
When you connect your computer to a VPN and surf the internet, it encrypts your data, even before your Internet Service Provider or the coffee shop WiFi provider sees it. All your network traffic is sent over a secure connection to the VPN. Your computer behaves as it is on the same local network as the VPN. So, it allows you to securely access local network resources, even when you are sitting in another country. When you want to access any website through VPN, the data then goes to the VPN, and from the VPN server to your online destination. The online destination sees your data as coming from the VPN server and its location, and not from your computer and your location.
When you connect to the web without VPN, your internet service provider can easily track your online actions. But, when you use a VPN service, your data is encrypted (because you’re using their app), goes in encrypted form to your ISP then to the VPN server. The VPN server is the third party that connects to the web on your behalf.
How Secure is a VPN(Virtual Private Network)?
There is always a debate among the IT pros and others in the industry on the security of a VPN. Since, various services are not identical in their offering or security, there are some factors on which the security of a VPN depends.
These factors are:
- The limitations of the type of VPN technology used by a provider.
- Legal and policy limitations affecting what can be done with that technology. The laws of the country where the server and the company providing the VPN are located. And the company’s own policies affect how the company implements this technology in their service.
How do I Install a VPN on my Router?
Installing a VPN on your home router is the best way to make sure everything that’s connected to that router is put through a safe VPN connection. In that scenario, you no longer need to install individual apps on your mobile devices, laptops, smart TVs or anything else with web access.
First, make sure that your router is compatible with VPNs. This can be done on the website of the manufacturer that produced the router. Often, most DD-WRT and Tomato-boosted FlashRouters are compatible with VPNs.
The specific steps involved in setting things up differ from service to service. Your specific provider likely has a dedicated section on their website devoted to explaining how to carry through with the process.
If you want to install VPN in your browser, you can simply go to add-on section and search for setupvpn and just add to your browser.
Is it Legal to Use a VPN(Virtual Private Network)?
The answer is not simple. In some countries it is perfectly okay to use a VPN, where as in some countries it is not okay. Every country has a law to use VPN, but it can be interpreted in many ways.
In overall, VPNs seem to be okay to use in most countries, especially in the US, Canada, the UK, the rest of Western Europe. (Important! What matters here is your physical location when using the VPN.)
Generally, VPNs are often not okay in China, Turkey, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Belarus, Oman, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Turkmenistan.
To learn more about the legality of VPN in your country, find the laws of your local government. And review this in-depth resource of ours answering if a VPN is legal in your country.
Can I Use VPN for Torrenting?
It depends on the specific service you’re using and also the kind of things that you are torrenting.
Torrenting is commonly used to transfer data and files over the web. If you are transferring the file that you have the rights to transfer, then it is legal. But, on the other hand piracy is completely illegal regardless of the tools that you use to do it.
Does a VPN work on SmartTV?
Since, the smartTV also requires a live internet to provide the content. Here, a VPN can help you keep those streams private so that only you and the service itself know what you’re watching.
There are two ways in which you can enable a VPN connection on your smart TV:
- configure it on the device itself,
- configure it right on your router – effectively protect your whole home network and everything that’s connected to it (we will cover this in the next section below).
In overall, many of the quality VPNs come with the ability to configure them right on your smart TV. For example, VyprVPN — which is one of our recommended VPNs — comes with an app for Android TV. And also with detailed instructions for Kodi/OpenELEC and Apple TV. Other VPNs in the market provide you with similar options.
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