What is VPN? Everything You Need to Know (explained 2021)

The problem with Secure VPNs is that they don’t guarantee a high connection quality, as they don’t choose the best path for data. This has led to the birth of a new type of VPN, called Hybrid VPN, which combines the security of Secure VPNs with the connection speed of Trusted VPNs.

Why use a VPN

Communications protection

Avoid tracking and logging of browsing sessions

Bypass the blocks of any censored sites or DNS

Maximum security when using public WiFi

No more geo-restrictions using streaming services

Safe torrenting

What does a VPN do?

Encrypt data traveling to and from your device

It hides your IP address and masks it with the IP address of a VPN server

How to choose the best VPN

How much does a VPN cost on average?

  • CyberGhost offers a package differentiated by subscription duration: annual plan from 3.75 € / month, two-year from 3.19 € / month, three-year from 2 € / month + 3 extra months free, the plans are all refundable. The longer plans (1, 2 and 3 years) benefit from a 45 day money back guarantee, the monthly plan of a 14 day money back.
  • NordVPN has a single subscription package, with different prices depending on the length of the chosen plan. You can opt to pay € 10.64 per month but if you subscribe for at least one year the price drops to € 6.22. For two years the monthly cost drops to € 4.44, while with the three subscriptions you pay only € 3.10 per month, currently on offer with a 70% discount.
  • ExpressVPN one of the best VPN services offers three standard subscriptions. The monthly subscription costs € 11.39 per month, the half-yearly subscription costs € 8.79 per month and finally, the annual subscription costs € 7.32 per month. All plans are covered by a 100% Money Back Guarantee for the first 30 days of service.

Are VPNs legal in your country?

How safe is a VPN?

Logging policy: does the VPN keep logs?

Where is the headquarters of a VPN company

VPN encryption level

Absence of malware and tracking

What devices does a VPN support?

How fast is the VPN?

How big is the VPN server network?

Server locations

Number of servers

Does the VPN work with streaming and torrent services?

What are the most common VPN protocols?

  • OpenVPN: it is one of the most used, it is very versatile and offers a great balance between performance, speed and reliability.
  • IKEv2: It is great for mobile devices as it automatically reconnects in case of connection loss, which is common in mobile networks. Speed ​​is one of its biggest advantages, but it has a more complicated setup procedure.
  • WireGuard: a simple and easy to implement open-source protocol, very fast and efficient.
  • L2TP / IPSec: it is an alternative protocol to OpenVPN, it does everything well, but it does not excel in anything, in general, it is appreciated.
  • SSTP: This is a proprietary protocol from Microsoft, which therefore works and integrates very well with Windows. If you have other operating systems it is almost impossible to integrate, so you will have to turn to something else.
  • PPTP: an old and no longer updated protocol, with decent speed, but little attention to security, better to avoid VPNs that use this protocol.

Disadvantages of using a VPN

Slower connection speeds

You are not completely anonymous

Some websites block VPNs

Your online accounts may be temporarily suspended

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