VPN for dummies. The most comprehensive article explaining VPN

Online privacy, security, and anonymity are three principles on the verge of becoming legends. Yes, just like the legends you might have read about in storybooks. VPN technology comes like a knight in shiny armor to save your online activities from becoming a target for hackers and marketers and to ensure you with the much-deserved online anonymity

Even in 2021, many internet users associate VPN with a solution mainly used by tech gurus when, in reality, a VPN is so easy to use that even dummies can deal with it. And, don’t get me wrong, when I say dummy, I don’t mean to offend anyone but let’s be honest, everyone has that friend who is completely left-handed and artless when it comes to technology. 

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VPN services that may NOT protect your privacy

Your data is … yours and you should keep it yours! Otherwise, you become the product and, sooner or later, a target for marketers, on one side, and hackers, on the other side. Do you want that?

VPNs should, by definition, protect your data, but sometimes they don’t. Don’t be fooled by marketing headlines and incomplete service descriptions! Take care of your data, do your own research, and avoid services that are too good to be true (e.g., free ones).

Do you remember the story of Pinocchio and the chapter when he meets the Fox and the Cat? Due to his naivety, Pinocchio not only trusts the two, but he even offers them a sum of money from the potential gain. Their answer is well-known:

We do not work for gain,” answered the Fox. “We work only to enrich others.”

To enrich others!” repeated the Cat.

What good people,” thought Pinocchio to himself.

Even small children understand that the Fox and the Cat do not have good intentions. However, Pinocchio is blinded by their sweet words.

When it comes to online privacy, don’t be a Pinocchio. Look around, read between the lines, and assume the worst. Consider the possibility that the service intends to get the most of your private data.

This article explains why privacy is important when it comes to VPN services, how you can do your own research, why you should stay away from free VPNs, and lists several VPNs that may not be your best friend for keeping your private data safe.

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VPN hardware vs VPN software – The main differences explained

A mind at ease is already pleased. That is why I like to think that happiness doesn’t exist without peace of mind, just like hardware couldn’t work without its better half, the software. Since we’re talking about hardware and software, let’s discuss the VPN hardware vs. VPN software topic with a pinch of peace of mind.

So, on this post’s menu, we have the following selection: why is VPN important for our peace of mind, what is VPN software, and what makes it different than VPN hardware?

Let’s have a soft start to this article and begin with the Transylvanian explanation of VPN hardware vs. VPN software.

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How to install and use WireGuard on Windows 10

WireGuard is a relatively new VPN protocol that has gained a great reputation due to its speed and simplicity. Using WireGuard on Windows is simple, and you may get started in a matter of minutes. This article explains how to set it up on Windows 10.

WireGuard Windows setup [Summary]

To use WireGuard on Windows you may either install the WireGuard VPN client or a third-party VPN app (also known as VPN software) that uses the WireGuard protocol.

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What is a VPN concentrator and who needs one?

The history of the VPN (Virtual Private Network) technology is closely related to Microsoft’s PPTP and goes back to 1996. Tunneling protocols already existed, as, without them, the data packet moving from a network to another wouldn’t be possible. Therefore, the PPTP didn’t reinvent the wheel, but it brought along a more secure and private way of communication.

With the Internet expanding and cybersecurity blooming, VPN technology transformed into one of the most powerful and easy-to-use tools for enhanced online security and privacy.

Large corporations spotted the potential behind this technology, and the VPN became popular among businesses from the very beginning. Due to the market’s constant request for advanced security solutions, another option came to life – the VPN concentrator.

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The best Smart DNS services from top VPN providers

Need to access your favorite content on Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, or other geo-restricted channels? Smart DNS is a solution that is not only easy to set up but also faster than VPN. This does not mean that you have to choose between Smart DNS and VPN. You may have access to both. This article lists the best Smart DNS services offered by top VPN providers.

Smart DNS is a technology that can easily unblock streaming channels from all over the World. There are two main benefits of Smart DNS: it offers great speed while accessing streaming content, and it can be installed on devices that are not VPN-enabled.

This article briefly explains what SmartDNS is, emphasizes its advantages, explains why VPN providers have embraced the technology, and lists the best Smart DNS services that we have tested.

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How to set up an OpenVPN split tunnel to optimize your OpenVPN connection

This article helps you set up an OpenVPN split tunnel on your device and get the most of your VPN experience by selecting the data that goes through the VPN tunnel.

I briefly explain what VPN split tunneling is, why you may need it, and how to set up an OpenVPN split tunnel.

OpenVPN split tunnel [Summary]

Depending on the type of OpenVPN VPN server you want to connect to (OpenVPN Access Server or OpenVPN Community Edition server), you have the following options:

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VPN vs. DNS vs. Smart DNS. What to use to access geo-blocked websites?

Geo-blocking is an internet censorship technique that restricts access to certain websites based on the user’s location. This practice is mainly applied by giant services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, or Pandora, as they provide loads of intellectual property online. Since the copyrighted material is usually available only to a particular location or region, you can conclude why geo-blocking is practiced in the first place.

If you’re actively looking for a solution to overcome internet censorship and geo-restrictions, you have probably heard terms like VPN, Smart DNS, and DNS. What are these technologies, and who will win the fight between VPN vs. DNS vs. Smart DNS? Let’s find out together!

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What is VPN Gate? Solid free VPN with important drawbacks.

VPN Gate is a free VPN solution used by millions of Internet enthusiasts. It was developed as an academic research project, and it has plenty of advantages. But is VPN Gate the perfect VPN solution? Let’s find out.

We do not (usually) recommend free VPN services due to security and privacy concerns. We believe that Internet users’ private data is far too important to be endangered by free VPNs (we explain here why, in more detail). However, we have chosen to present VPN Gate because it is an academic project. There are plenty of interesting details regarding the architecture and the technical solutions adopted for the implementation.

From the very beginning, it is necessary to underline that VPNGate is not an ordinary VPN service. This article takes a closer look at the VPNGate project, presents its advantages, explains the disadvantages, underlines the possible privacy and security issues, and shows how you may connect to the VPN Gate network.

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How to install and use WireGuard on Android – Recommended options

Using WireGuard on Android gets easier each day. There are several options to set up the new VPN protocol on your Android devices and plenty of VPN software that fully integrate WireGuard. In a matter of minutes and with a few clicks, you may start using WireGuard.

WireGuard Android setup [Summary]

There are two options to get started with WireGuard on Android. My advice is to take a look at both of them and then decide which way to go.

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