Yet being two different services, VPNs and proxies have many things in common. They both aim to protect the identity of users and provide anonymity. They can hide your online identity and your geo-location and let you surf anonymously. However these two tools aren’t actually the same.
First things first. Let’s have a look at what a proxy is, and how it is different from a Virtual Private Network. Since many users might even confuse these two different services.
You can only be sure about your online privacy 24/7 when the VPN is properly configured. Otherwise, there is no guarantee your IP-address is actually hidden: at some point, advertisers may get access to your browsing data, or you are repeatedly denied to access a location-specific website despite connecting via the VPN. Both situations are true signs of the security breach associated with a VPN leak.
How VPN gaps arise
The first significant trigger of security leaks is a web browser, or, to be more precise, Web Real Time Communication protocol (WebRTC) built in such popular browsers as Chrome, Opera, Mozilla Firefox. The protocol ensures end-to-end communication performed via browser clients placed in different networks in the form of file sharing, voice and video calls etc. Unfortunately, WebRTC technology is prone to hacking even when the VPN is on.
For real geeks this would be no problem at all: surely, they know how to avoid paying extra for VPN services and, on top of that, stay ‘independently secure’. But what do you get in return? In fact, it is worth evaluating all pros and cons of having a private home VPN server before actually configuring one.
Statistics shows that more and more people are doing their banking over the internet connection. Online banking obviously has a great number of advantages. Having a computer, smartphone or tablet with the access to the internet enables you to manage your finances anywhere and at any time.
Web banking is all about the money. And to function, it requires a lot of personal data like credit card numbers, bank account information, social security number and others. That’s why it is targeted by hackers, cyber criminals, fraudsters and many others. It goes without saying that we need to be cautious when it comes to this.
Here are our tips on how to have a safe and secure online banking experience.
No secret, the Internet space is huge nowadays. Unfortunately, alongside the unprecedented information opportunities, we face numerous dangers and even cyber-attacks. That is why being on the alert is a must for every Internet user, no matter how one secures their online activity – it can vary a lot and arises to an individual choice. Whatever technique or tool you apply, make sure your ‘security system’ uses data encryption methods and does not allow the third parties to analyze the traffic or monitor your online activity (this is what Internet providers often do).
We decided to suggest you an effective way to ensure double-layer security, based on using TOR together with a VPN. The topic is highly controversial, in fact: the debate starts from whether to use TOR with a VPN at all and finishes with questions about the ways to combine these two technologies.
Emailing has been a popular way of exchanging messages for many years. We all use it, and have an account, or even a few accounts on different email services. The top ones are Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, Zoho, AOL, iCloud Mail and others. We send and receive personal messages, photos, documents, links, etc: anything that can be typed or attached. That’s why the information you exchange is valuable, and somehow may be of interest to some third parties that may get an unauthorized access to your email account for their own purposes.
Sure thing, there are some tips that may help you to have a secure emailing. Here are some of them.
Speaking plainly, a Virtual Private Network is a technology solution that makes it possible to have a secure and anonymous web browsing. With VPN running on your device, the internet connection gets encrypted. This prevents any third party from snooping on your online activity. What is more, thanks to a good server performance, you can enjoy fast speeds, unlimited bandwidth, and have the access to geo-restricted, blocked, or censored websites, apps or streaming services. So, this is basically a brief overview of what a VPN is.
Now, let’s have a look at some misconceptions about VPN services.
When you are on the go, things still can run efficiently from remote locations.
Internet users have an opportunity to enjoy a secure remote network access provided by VPNs. These services make sure you can have a quick, simple and, most importantly, protected connection while you are away from the local network. The way it works is not that much complicated.
All you have to do is to connect to a virtual private network and your device, e.g. your computer, will create a secure private tunnel to the VPN server on the remote network (over the internet or other open networks). It is just a small ‘trick’ that makes the system think that you are in a different location.
A remote-access VPN connection is enabled across the internet by a remote access client creating a dial-up connection to a local internet service provider (ISP) instead of an outsourced or corporate network access server (NAS). This remote-access server just requires user to provide valid credentials to sign in to the VPN. Thanks to the authentication, the confidentiality is guaranteed.