Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are a dime a dozen these days. The Internet is flooded with them, making it impossible to spend ten minutes online and not be subjected to an endless stream of ads for them. In fact, you can’t even watch your favorite YouTube creators anymore without seeing paid promotions for one VPN service or another.
But while software VPNs can provide you some measure of protection, they don’t typically offer the robust security often promised in their ads. All you have to do is read the fine print to see what the VPN service really does for you.
The truth is - to get the service and security you expect from your VPN, a VPN hardware device like Winston is a much more effective and trustworthy solution. Winston is a stand-alone device that does everything software VPNs promise and more. It cloaks your IP address, hides your online activity from hackers and big tech trackers, removes ads to maximize your Internet speed, and fully protects all your home’s connected devices. Here’s how it works.
The Winston VPN hardware device has a built-in processor that is specially designed to handle all the necessary functions offered via a virtual private network. But unlike a software VPN, which consumes a lot of your computer’s processing resources, Winston doesn’t rely on your computer’s CPU and this makes it powerful enough to perform a wider range of important services, like encryption, authentication, ad blocking, browser fingerprinting, and firewalls.
Software VPNs are also notoriously unreliable, often causing the user to experience broken connections, unseen lapses in protection and lagging connection speeds as low as 10Mbps. Winston’s VPN hardware is 100-percent stable, always-on, and capable of Internet speeds up to 600Mbps.
The minute you plug your Winston device in, every single Internet-connected device in your home is protected. This includes your desktop computers and laptops, your mobile devices, your IoT devices, your gaming consoles, your smart TVs, and more.
Winston’s proprietary Privacy Mesh technology automatically routes your traffic through numerous other Winston devices, selecting new peers every ten minutes. This makes it impossible for trackers to connect Winston users with their IP addresses. Read more about why it's important to hide your IP address.
Today’s consumer has no shortage of virtual private network (VPN) products to consider. But it is important to recognize that not all these products offer the same level of protection or even features for that matter. Some VPNs can actually put your data more at risk.
In the world of VPNs, consumers can choose between VPN hardware and VPN software. Here’s why choosing VPN hardware should be the decision you make for your home or business.
A VPN hardware device is a stand-alone piece of technology that features its own powerful built-in processor. This gives the device all the power it needs to operate, thus allowing it to deliver something no software VPN has thus far been able to provide – the highest connection speeds available. Because a hardware VPN device relies on its own processor to handle all its functions, it has no impact on your computer’s resources or bandwidth, so it doesn’t slow your computer’s performance.
Software VPNs are notorious for providing sluggish connections that disconnect and reconnect randomly, often without the user even being made aware of it. This not only makes for a frustratingly slow Internet experience, but it also leaves your data and online activity wide open to prying eyes at various points throughout the day.
Also, unlike most software VPN services, VPN hardware comes with its own built-in firewall, which adds yet another layer of valuable protection from hackers and trackers. Hands-down, a hardware VPN device is substantially less vulnerable to attack.
Once you plug your VPN hardware in, every single device that connects to the Internet on your network is automatically protected. With software VPNs, you need to install the software on every device, many of which may not even be compatible. With hardware, this is never an issue.
This means every computer, laptop, mobile device, SMART device, IoT device, gaming console, Wi-Fi printer, and more are instantly protected from hackers and those pesky trackers used by commercial organizations to access your online activity.
Besides cloaking your IP address and making it invisible to others, hardware VPN devices block everything that can take the enjoyment out of the Internet experience. For instance, it can block annoying ads, adult content, and dangerous malware. And they offer the highest level of encryption to help protect you from becoming a victim of identity theft. Add to this the fact that hardware allows for connection speeds up to ten times faster than software VPNs and you can see why choosing a hardware VPN just makes better sense.