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VPNs and Misinfomation


VPNs and Misinfomation


VPNs are one of the most generally misinformed pieces of technology security ever made. Many advertisers such as NordVPN, ExpressVPN, PrivateInternetAccess, etc., straight out lie to their customers, so I will go into the myths and truths of VPNs here. Tom Scott made a very good video about this as well.


CosmodiumCS does not condone illegal use of this infomation in any case. Do not use this infomation for evil.


Myths


- All your traffic is unencrypted and freely available for attackers - Most modern internet connections use HTTPS and not the outdated HTTP protocol.


- They will not give out data - Most VPN companies will absolutely give your data if asked. I will go into more details about this later on.


- They do not keep logs - Almost all VPN companies keep logs of their users activity for legal reason. The basic premise is instead of giving your internet traffic to your Internet Service Provider, you give it to this VPN company.


- They use "military grade" encryption - There is no "military grade" encryption, VPN connections use the same kind of encryption that anything else does (which is basically impossible to crack with modern computers). This encryption is no harder to break than standard HTTPS encryption.


Truths


- It changes your location - Yes, this is the true point of VPNs. Their true and original purpose was not for specifically security, but to gain access to a network from outside the network. If you had a server on a network and you were outside the network and wanted to access it, you would connect to a VPN server inside the netowrk and you would have access to all those device on that network.


- It gives you the server's IP address - Any website that you visit will see the VPN server's IP address and not your own.


- The network you are on can see you are using a VPN - Any network you are on will be able to see that you are making a VPN connection. They cannot see what the contents of the traffic are, but they do know that you are not using standard HTTPS/HTTP.


- It encrypts your traffic - VPNs will actually encrypt your traffic, although most times it isn't super useful. The most common use case for this is if you are visiting a HTTP site that does not support HTTPS.



My Personal Trusted Providers (Not Sponsored)


- (PAID) Mullvad VPN - I would not use VPNs for full anonymity, that job goes to Tor. That being said, Mullvad is open-source, uses a open-source VPN protocol of which you can choose between, is able to be paid for in Monero which is the most private cryptocurrency (fuck bitcoin), and also hard cash via mailing. It is also based primarily in Sweden, and not American giving it Swedish privacy law jurisdiction. It is also CHEAPER than NordVPN, ExpressVPN, etc.


- (FREE) ProtonVPN - I generally do not trust free VPN services, I don't even trust most paid VPN services. That being said, if you are not able to pay for Mullvad, or you don't want any sort of transaction to be made, then ProtonVPN would be my suggestion. It's open-source, and Swiss-based, giving it access to Swiss privacy laws.


TL;DR


VPNs are very misinformed. They will change your virtual location. They will use the VPN server's IP address. VPN providers will keep logs, and they will give those logs to law enforcement. They are not meant for security.



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I feel very grateful for u sharing. Bro,can u give m permission quote your article on m blog?

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Okami
Okami
Aug 30, 2022

Cheers. Glad people are able to actually know what a VPN truly does and doesn't do.

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