How can you check if your VPN is actually working? There are a few simple tests you can run that can really uncover what’s going on behind the scenes of your virtual private network and whether or not it’s protecting your internet activity like you expect it is. VPNs, or “virtual private networks”, are helpful […]
Frequent Asked Questions About VPNs
A virtual private network, or "VPN", can be somewhat complicated to explain, especially for those who aren't exactly tech-savvy.
In this collection of frequently asked questions about VPNs, we answer those confusing topics that we get the most emails about.
--> Is a VPN legal to use?
--> What is SmartDNS?
--> Do I need a dedicated IP VPN?
--> What is OpenVPN vs WireGuard protocol?
In the articles below, you'll find specific answers to each of these questions that will help you get a better understanding of VPNs and how the encryption technology works.
If you have any questions that aren't listed here, feel free to send us a message to let us know!
In short, yes, VPNs are legal in the US. However, using a VPN to try to hide any illegal activities you do can still land you in trouble. Here’s a more nuanced answer to that question, other ways that a virtual private network can be useful in America, and a listing of the best services […]
Are VPNs legal in China? The legality of this kind of software is a big questions, especially no expatriate or traveler wants to get in trouble with a Communist government while in the country. So what’s the real answer? Are there risks involved? As you may already know, China is one of the worst countries […]
Unless you are using a VPN to unblock geo-restricted content, the only other reason you have a VPN is to secure your online activities and hide your online identity. But can VPNs be tracked? A VPN encrypts your internet traffic and masks your real IP address to protect you from surveillance by the government, ISP, […]
OpenVPN is an open source connection protocol used to facilitate a secure tunnel between two points in a network. In layman’s terms, this means that it is a trusted technology used by many virtual private networks, or VPNs, to make sure any data sent over the internet is encrypted and private. As we provide more […]
Wireguard is a (relatively) new VPN connection protocol that has been developed to be faster, simpler and easier to implement than older VPN protocols such as OpenVPN and IPsec. It was initially developed for Linux but has been adapted for all major platforms and remains an open-source project. Here’s what you need to know. Make […]