Virtual Private Network – Travelling the Web with The Safety Belt On


The developers of OS (Operating System) never cease to make an effort in improving the security of data. This is usually reflected in virtually every new version of the OS they release. Microsoft Windows, for instance, allows the user to set the administrative right, User Account Control, such that if activated it will thwart command to be run on the system without user’s approval. There are other securities put in place to cut off unwanted access and control of your system. While data store on your device might be safe, the information you’re sending is not, especially that sent on the IPv4.

VPN — Virtual Private Network — has however come in as the round peg in the round hole, if the Internet is super high then Virtual PN put you in an armored car; therefore, making you traveling the web with your safety belt on. What is Virtual PN then? The VN allows an overlay of logical connection of network over another. According to a phrase used by cool tech zone, everything you access on the web is through the eyes of servers.

Internet is a superhighway for data, unfortunately, the present protocol doesn’t allow much of information integrity and confidentiality neither does it provide for much of authentication, thus “accident” is highly inevitable. Although IPv6 allows for all these features, it is only a small fraction, like 10% of major traffics, are only on this protocol.

Traveling the Web with the Safety Belt on

The technology works by you installing the software on the device and whatever you send to the Internet pass is encrypted. This data passes through the web service provider or the public Wi-Fi, depending which one you are using, thereupon it goes to the VPN server where it got decrypted and sent to the screen of the recipient as it is intended to be seen by the sender.

Unfortunately, some writers have associated Virtual PN to hackers using it to maintain their invincibility. While this is not untrue, the technology has been a life saver for many and has been justifying on many occasions. For instance, Apple the maker of iPhone was questioned by the United Nation’s special rapporteur on opinion and expression, David Kaye, for removing the majority of VPN providers from its China’s app store. China is not only known for the Great Wall but also for building the “Great Firewall” which has cramp down on freedom of expression and access to major contents on the Internet. Without this technology majority of data sent is “naked” making it possible for the information to be intercepted by users who have malicious intent.

It could also be useful when you want to work from home. While there are various articles that discuss how to set up a home office with minimal cost, the majority hardly discuss the cost of moving data. It is, however, possible to access the information on your company’s server with VPN while sitting in the comfort of your home. Thereby contributing to the factor needed to make setting up a home office a swift operation.

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