The problem of network privacy has been dictated by today’s growth of hacker attacks and eavesdropping. More and more Internet users are looking for the appropriate solution to the problem and more and more articles on the topic appear on the Internet sources. When speaking about today’s online privacy, it can’t be but mentioned that there are at least a dozen technologies, which can preserve one’s privacy while networking. But our task is to compare a VPN service, Tor and VPN routers.
When talking about a VPN service it must be distinguished that there are two main types of VPNs: a VPN for individuals and a VPN for business. Here a VPN for individuals or consumer VPN will be discussed.
So, when a customer subscribes to a VPN service his or her device is connected to a VPN server. All the transferring data comes through a strong tunneling and gets encrypted on the assumption that the VPN service works well.
There are a lot of spheres for a VPN usage. More often than not it’s used for public Wi-Fi hotspots and for avoiding geo-restrictions. VPNs are highly recommended to use during business or holiday trips to get a secure access to the Internet and a possibility to use your favorite resources, which have a geographically limited access.
We are continuing with Tor. Some qualities of a VPN service can be applied to Tor or Onion Router too. Tor as well as a VPN provides an encryption. The difference is that using a VPN you can choose the server location, while using Tor you aren’t able to control your virtual location. However, Tor provides you with more anonymity. When using a VPN you shouldn’t forget that a VPN tunneling has two ends and on the one of them is your VPN provider. That is why a VPN service is less anonymous in comparison with Tor. Tor has been created to hide one’s IP address that is why it is considered to be more anonymous. Tor darkens your IP address between three computers or nodes and the last computer or exit node can see only the middle element of the chain or the previous node. But despite a VPN, all the computers of the chain are run by volunteers, thus the speed level of Tor is lower than a VPN’s.
VPN server routers mean using your home router as a VPN server. A VPN server router is known to provide its users with encryption. There are various ways of encryption, for example Asus routers support PPTP and OpenVPN. But it doesn’t hide your virtual location or IP address. So, this way of saving one’s privacy is useful only when you are staying at a hotel and looking for a secure connection to the Internet, because in other cases your ISP can see you and use your access for advertising purposes.
In conclusion it can be said that your online privacy depends on you. There are different tools for providing your private networking and it’s up to you to decide whether you like this or that variant. You should remember that Tor provides you with greater anonymity but reduces speed performance. A VPN service for individuals encrypts your data, gives you a chance to choose your virtual location thereby hiding your physical location, but a VPN service provider see your real IP address. And eventually, A VPN router encrypts you information but doesn’t hide your IP address, which makes it useful only in rare cases.
So, choose to your liking and stay private online!