The era of the VPN

The power of the VPN – A new era of security and information is upon us

The era of the VPN

Browsing through Virtual Private Networks is not as anonymous as in the Tor network, but in everyday life the more practical alternative. The facility is for more complicated.

The Tor network does not makes it easy one, to enjoy the anonymity. Just because I want to stay anonymous on the Internet, can I watch all of a sudden no videos? Luckily there is another way, not to reveal at least my Internet provider and the operators of Web sites, where I move on the net: surfing via a virtual private network, VPN short, along with browser extensions Ghostery, NoScript and HTTPS everywhere, which are described in this practical collection for all known browsers.

Over an encrypted connection, tunnel called the principle of VPN: Internet users sending the request to the server of the best VPN providers. He directs this question to the landing page the user thereby further, missed on the Internet but a new anonymous IP address. The great advantage: Everything that goes out from my machine, inside this secure tunnel and is not visible from the outside – passwords or the address of a company intranet for example. Thus, VPN is ideally suited to surf in the open Wi-FI in a cafe or a Conference. For that I have to send my data on a stopover as a user, the VPN provider. And which I can trust, that he retains my data for itself. The VPN provider that knows who I am and what I care on the Internet.

But for which the dozens provider should I choose? Michael Horn, please advice. He is known by the nickname nibbler and deals with secure communication for years. His personal favorite among the VPN providers: IPredator from Sweden. (The old version of the site can be found here.) Behind are the makers of the BitTorrent Tracker The Pirate Bay, which in turn was founded tank Piratbyrån by members of the Swedish think, who was also a model for the Swedish Pirate Party. Even though politics and Pirate Bay go their separate ways, it may assume that the IPredator operators have also a political motivation, namely the best possible protection of the anonymity of its users.

“The bottom line each VPN provider has its drawbacks”, says Michael. “It is the jurisdiction that is subject to the company by the location of its servers, times it is the application itself.” The advantages of IPredator are for him first of all what it specifies itself in the registry the promise to save only the user data. Secondly, it is the complex corporate structure, which complicates the State access to all data in the extreme. Thirdly, it is the acceptable price of 18 euro for three months. Fourthly, it is the opportunity to be able to pay in several ways.
Fifthly, IPredator supports the open-source standard OpenVPN. Also IPredator is quite large, Michael says, because the single user of less fall on than with a provider with only a few customers. This could be also a disadvantage: such a service is too popular, growing maybe also the interest of the State is to look at the whole thing.

Another potential drawback is that the IPredator servers in Sweden, where there is the data retention. The company is strongly opposed to the data collection, but his statement contains some blurring. Users must rely just on that IPredator as keeps no connection data prior to the introduction of data retention.