You know what they say; there are always two sides to every coin. One side is usually positive while the other is negative. Then there’s something positive about the negative and something negative about the positive. It’s crazy, really. Not to mention, just downright confusing. It’s kind of how Yin and Yang work. So I guess we can say that the same holds true with tech.
No matter how advanced we become, no matter how many things we achieve, we can never eliminate err. Sure, we can minimize it but get rid of it entirely is just not possible. There will always be weak spots. After all, there is no such thing as perfection. Even statistics has a term for it.
Say, a computer unit for example. It can have the most advanced modifications, the best apparatuses, and all the top-rated software but accidentally spill a glass of water on it and poof. There goes your $1500 unit. Well, maybe not that much. I’m just guessing. Nonetheless, that’s the kind of error I’m talking about. It exists in almost everything. There is no such thing as 100% error-free.
The reason I’m telling you this is to clarify the title of this article. This is not an anti-VPN write-up. I can’t say it’s too positive either. It’s just somewhere in between – weighing the positive and negative things altogether. So if you understand that, then I guess we can move on to our main topic: VPN usage. What it really is and whether you can merit from it or not.
What Is VPN?
Literally-speaking, VPN stands for Virtual Private Network (check out this cool video). Well, the name pretty much sums up what a VPN does. First, it’s virtual. This means that the service is offered online. While there are physical servers, people can browse and subscribe to VPN services by accessing their website. Everyone everywhere can avail Virtual Private Network Services as long as they can connect to the internet. Second, it’s private. This means that not everyone has access to it. Only a few, select people may avail of VPN privileges, particularly those who have a subscription to it. If I had to term it, I would say that it’s kind of like a VIP service. Last but not least, it’s a network. Yes, it’s a network of servers that aim to provide quality service to its subscribers. Also, the subscribers themselves form an entire network.
But, how exactly does a VPN make your connection private?
Well, VPNs make your connection private and secure by disguising or masking your IP address. Most of your sensitive information can be leaked or hacked through your IP. For who-knows-what reasons, some people (usually from the deepest depths of the darknet) would steal personally identifying information and use it for their own benefit. The damage could range from something totally minor to full-blown dangerous. Just imagine how embarrassing and insulting it would be to find out that someone else is using your personal data to harass other people or do funny business? How about someone using your credit card details to go in an online shopping spree? Now, that’s a thought – a terrible, terrible one, that is. How would you like it if you suddenly find thousands of dollars charged to your credit account?
Yes, surfing online is more dangerous than you think. And, just so you know, it doesn’t stop there. There are many other things that could happen to you online. It’s that risky. A VPN network claims to negate all those risks.
What happens is that when you browse through a Virtual Private Network, your IP address is replaced with a temporary or fake one. This helps ensure that nobody interferes or violates your online identity while you are browsing online. This way, you can access all kinds of websites with less risk of having your personal data stolen.
So judging from the sound of things, subscribing to a Virtual Private Network is a really, really good thing right? Well, it is but of course you also have to aware of the following drawbacks.
Pay Monthly Subscription Fees
If you want to enjoy the perks and advantages of a Virtual Private Network, you have to be willing to pay for it. Although this is not exactly a drawback (but a requirement), some people find this “extra fee” a little too overbearing.
When you join the network, a number of benefits are given to you on the dot. You get a faster connection (particularly faster upload and download speeds) and you heighten your online security. However, you should understand that your connection becomes faster because VPN uses their private servers to connect to the internet. This means that as traffic increases, the speed quality may also deteriorate over time. This is what usually happens to networks that offer their services at really cheap prices. More people come in and the network becomes congested causing some of the features such as fast-speed internet to not work adequately.
If you really want to join a good network, you have to willing to pay the price. Some VPN companies cap the number of subscribers they allow to join so that they would be able to maintain the quality of the service. Of course, these “VIP” subscriptions come at a higher price so you at least have to prepare for that
Possible Mobile Internet Data Usage Increase
Virtual Private Networks have a series of functions that are unavailable to ordinary service providers. This may also tell us that it consumes more data compared to normal networks. If your internet service provides unlimited access to mobile data, then this wouldn’t pose a problem for you at all. But if your data package is like mine (which is capped at 300 GB), then a VPN network might give you problems. I’m not saying all VPN service providers do this, but generally-speaking a VPN does use more data. So let’s just say that you were warned.
Anyhow, I still believe a Virtual Private Network is advantageous to have once you’ve taken everything else into consideration. But at the end of the say, the choice rests on your shoulder.
What do you think?