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Internet users are increasingly using VPN services to help them maintain privacy online. But many users are asking if using a VPN is really safe. The answer isn’t that simple, because the definition of a safe VPN is multi-faceted. Basically, a safe VPN is a VPN that uses high-level encryption, respects user privacy, and provides reliable server connections.
Safe VPN Encryption
There are many VPN protocols currently in use. The most popular are PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN. PPTP is a notoriously unsecure VPN protocol. Many people like to use it because it is lightweight and allows for fast data transfer. But a safe VPN it does not make. L2TP is more secure, especially if it is boosted with the IPec protocol. The resulting L2TP/IPSec offers good security but can be slow at times. OpenVPN is one of the newer VPN protocols. It was designed for balanced performance, giving users both speed and security. To date, OpenVPN is the a safe VPN protocol that doesn’t slow down connections.
Safe VPN Privacy
A safe VPN considers their users’ privacy. Some VPN services will advertise private tunneling and secure VPN servers. But this is true for most VPNs. Tunneling, for instance, is a prerequisite or VPNs. Of course the protocols they use for tunneling are important. And they should guarantee that the user data that passes through their servers remains secure in transit. But the most important aspect of a safe VPN is if it protects user data. This starts with guarding usernames and passwords. Then there is user activity logs. Some companies store user logs for longer than necessary. A few days is all they really need to analyze data for connection troubleshooting and to optimize network performance. If they keep it any longer than that, there is a greater chance of the data being compromised. They may also share that data, which means it is not a safe VPN.
Safe VPN Reliability
A VPN protects users when they are connected to it. Any failure in the VPN connection means that users are left vulnerable. The instant that a VPN connection fails, any open browser windows, accessed accounts and file downloads become visible on the open internet. A safe VPN must provide reliable VPN server connections that don’t cut out unexpectedly. Reliability also means available connections. For many users, not being able to connect to a VPN server because there is too much traffic means they will use the internet without it. People cannot just wait for a VPN server to become available so that they can go on with their business. A safe VPN makes sure that users can always connect to a server anytime they need to go online.