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The Basics of VPN Explained

Virtual Private Network or VPN has emerged as an immensely beneficial tool for businesses. However, in order to explore the benefits offered by it one has to understand its basic functionality. Here, we will just seek to discover what VPN actually is and how it works.

What is Virtual Private Network?

Now, if someone comes up and tells you that it is absolutely important for you to introduce VPN to your business, you are probably going to ask, “what is vpn?” Make sure, you are browsing through this post in a bid understand the basics of Virtual Private Network.

VPN is nothing but a network, primarily used by businesses and telecommunication structures to connect remote users to the main network. The network has the power to connect company offices, employees and business heads with the help of the internet and it even obtains encrypted tunnels between locations. VPN makes for a faster network than that of leased lines. A Cable or Wireless or DSL is used by the remote locations to connect to the local Internet Service Provider. The remote workstation utilizes software (backed by a client initiated model) which establishes an encrypted tunnel from the laptop to the Internet Service Provider. The individual using the VPN must authenticate with the ISP as a permitted VPN user.

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It has already been said that VPN functions faster than that of leased lines. However, you cannot really expect the same level of satisfaction from every VPN provider out there. There are several factors affecting the speed of VPN. Continue reading to know more.

Which factors affect the speed of the VPN?

It is very important to acquaint yourself with the factors affecting the VPN speed, so as to extract better performance. Hope our primer will be of help:

OpenVPN and Point to Point Tunneling (PPTP) are the two protocols backing the Virtual Private Network. PPTP makes for a very simple and hassle-free set-up which does not even require software. OpenVPN, however, will definitely require simple software but will go on to offer greater security. If you are particularly seeking compliance with mobile devices, then know for a fact that OpenVPN is not really compatible with mobile devices. In short, it is always essential to judge your needs before opting for the VPN services

VPN integration requires you to consider a number of factors if you are really looking forward to secure unhindered speed. Make sure that your browser is supporting the network used by you. Do keep a close check on the browser notifications and updates (which require your attention) before connecting.

The other factors influencing the VPN speed are:

  • The network provider you have chosen
  • The server
  • The total number of users connected to the server
  • The VPN router used by you
  • The Internet Service Provider
  • Your distance from the location of the VPN server (the closer you are the higher the speed will be)

Conclusion

It is very important to get in touch with Virtual Network service providers who have earned a decent reputation in the market. You can check out reviews of VPN providers on Anonymweb.

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