What Is A VPN & What Does It Do?
If you spend any time online, then you’ve no doubt seen ads promoting VPNs. They’re on almost every website these days. But what is a VPN and what do they really do?
VPN stands for “virtual private network,” and it’s a type of software that is designed to encrypt your IP address, so your online identity can be kept private. It does this by redirecting your Internet connection through one of the VPN’s remote servers.
But are VPNs as effective as they claim?
How Does a VPN Work?
Before you learn how a VPN works, it is best to understand how you’re currently connecting to the Internet. When you visit a website, you first connect to your internet service provider (ISP). Once this is done, the ISP redirects you to the website that you want to visit. While you’re using the Internet, everything you do passes through the ISP’s servers. This means all your activity can be seen and tracked. Most ISPs even pass your browsing history to advertisers, government agencies and other third parties, hence why you suddenly see ads for things you recently looked at.
When you use a VPN, your traffic is diverted through a specially configured remote server. This causes your IP address to appear different to those looking. Instead of your IP address reading your home address in Wisconsin, trackers will read it as being in California, New York, India, Spain or anywhere else in the world the remote server you choose to connect to is located.
The premise (and promise) of VPN service providers is to divert all the data you send and receive through an encrypted tunnel, so no one can access your private information.
Do VPNs Work?
Despite all the claims and promises, studies show that VPNs aren’t always as effective as they want you to think. In fact, if you read the fine print on most VPN providers’ privacy policies, you’ll see that you’re not as protected as you might think you are.
Another problem with VPNs is that they don’t do anything to erase your online activity. While your traffic might be encrypted, it’s still capable of being tracked and thereby it can be turned over to law enforcement should you become a person of interest and the VPN get subpoenaed for your information.
Virtual private networks also rely on third-party cloud-based servers, which may or may not be logging your activity. VPNs can claim their services are non-logging because they’re not the ones logging your activity, but if they use third-party servers, you can bet the third-party is logging it because the practice is one of the most common used to help combat against DDOS attacks.
Winston Offers the Protection the VPNs Can’t
Winston is not a VPN service. It’s a powerful hardware filter that keeps your online identity and movements private and 100% secure. Winston is an innovative plug-and-play filter that uses proprietary Privacy Mesh technology that automatically routes your traffic through numerous other Winston devices, selecting new peers every 10 minutes, so your information is mixed anonymously with that of other users. With Winston installed, it’s impossible for trackers to connect you with your IP address.
With so many companies and organizations tracking your movements every time you surf the web; your data is always exposed and at risk. Don’t risk it – try Winston today and keep your online activity truly private. And, with our 30-day satisfaction guarantee, there’s no risk, so try Winston today and enjoy the Internet the way it was intended to be – lightning fast, free of ads and safe.