Your Questions about VPNs Answered
You probably have a few questions about VPNs you want answered. I made this list to answer them.
Take a read below. If you have a question you don't find the answer to, leave a comment at the bottom of the page and I'll get back to you fast.
1) How Does a VPN Really Work?
A VPN is basically a shield that protects you from those who want to spy on you and your family.
To get a little more technical, I'll explain it as basically as I can:
A VPN is a system where you connect to the internet through another physical location. This connection is done through a secure encrypted tunnel (meaning the connection is untraceable).
Because you're connecting to the internet through another location using the secure tunnel, you are completely anonymous. Websites do not see where you're visiting from. Your internet provider cannot see what you are doing. Hackers and the government have a much harder time spying on you.
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2) Is it Legal for Me To Use a VPN?
In almost all countries, VPNs are legal. It is currently illegal to use one in Turkey, China, Iran, UAE, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Russia. As long as you don't live in one of those countries, you're good to go.
Just keep in mind, although using a VPN is not illegal. Using a VPN to hide illegal activity like child pornograhpy, fraud or hacking is. As long as you use a VPN for lawful purposes, you don't have anything to worry about.
3) Will a VPN slow down my Internet Speed?
Any VPN will slow down your internet speed slightly, as it's adding an extra step to load anything online.
But this difference is not a big one. As long as you're using a good VPN, you will not notice much of a difference, if any. In some cases a VPN can even speed up your connection.
4) Should I use a FreeVPN?
I would not recommend using any free VPN for one main reason:
Lack of security.
Some of the free VPNs out there force you to become what's known as a "peer". This basically means everyone using the VPN will go through your connection. This puts your security at risk as others will be using your connection for their activity.
The better free VPNs suffer from a major lack of speed and will slow down your connection to a hault.
You get what you pay for in a VPN. And the monthly cost is very cheap for what you get.
5) Will a VPN get me American Netflix?
In 2016 Netflix began a crack down on VPNs to stop people from using them with Netflix. Although they have been successful, VPN services are still trying to workaround their blocks.
For now, it seems like ExpressVPN does still work in getting US Netflix for now. But sometimes it dies and you need to play around with different US servers to get it right.
Overall, I would not count on a VPN getting you American Netflix anymore. But there is plenty of other blocked content you can access with a VPN.
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