Back to news

3 VPN Myths You Probably Believe

September 4, 2018    |    Cyber Security    |    Private Tunnel

Understanding VPN Connections

“What the heck is a VPN — and why do I need one, anyway?”

We get that question all the time — so often, in fact, that we put together a great video answer over on YOUTUBE. If you don’t feel like watching a video, here is the TL;DW breakdown to understanding VPN connections and how a VPN works for you:

When you run the VPN software, it encrypts (aka scrambles into a code) your data. This encryption happens before your Internet Service Provider or internet provider ever sees it. The data funnels through the VPN, then from the VPN server to your online destination — whether that be an online shop, your credit card account, social media, or something else entirely. Whatever your online destination is, it will see your data as coming from the VPN server and its location, and not from your actual computer or your physical location. VPNs also create a digital tunnel around your data, which means you can safely access unsecured public WiFi hotspots without hackers gaining access to your data.

VPNs are really valuable tools that provide a lot of safety and protection on the web — but unfortunately, a lot of people have misconceptions based on some common VPN myths. So we want to take a minute and clear the air, and hopefully help sort out some of the misinformation.

Debunking VPN Myths

Myth #1: You need to be techy to set one up

Only the IT department or tech geeks know how to set up a VPN, right? Not at all! Private Tunnel provides you with an easy download, simple UI, and sleek setup experience. It’s one of the easiest VPNs to use, and you can download the right service for any device. We make it simple for you to access the best security and privacy available. Our security-conscious developers and team members always have your internet privacy at the heart of everything they do.

Myth #2: You can get one for free

100% free VPNs (not to be confused with freemium, which is often totally legit) are a myth. If a business offers you a service for free, and there are no options to upgrade to a paid subscription or service, you often become the product. They use you to make money. A totally “free” VPN makes money by injecting ads into your browsing (after scrutinizing your online traffic), or turning around and selling your data to a third-party. And those aren’t even the worst possibilities! A lot of these so-called “free” VPN services are run by cybercriminals, so using one of those services could mean you are inadvertently handing your sensitive data right over to the very bad guys you are trying to avoid. Private Tunnel is a trusted and verified personal VPN service, and when you use Private Tunnel, you are the consumer, not the product. We provide you with excellent 24/7 support, and we make sure to keep the security frequently updated. We answer to you as our consumer, not to advertisers or the highest paying bidders!

Myth #3: VPNs are only used by hackers and cybercriminals

You’ve seen the stock photos online of cyber hackers, sitting in their dark hoodies, scrolling through 1s and 0s on the screen as they hack through cyberspace. Yes, criminals and hackers do use VPNs to mask their identities, but they’re hardly the only users. Here are a number of our user personas that we focus on as we design Private Tunnel to be your favorite personal VPN:

  • TRAVELERS who access unsecured WiFi from airports and hotels.
  • ONLINE SHOPPERS who transmit sensitive financial information online.
  • USERS AT THE GYM who use public WiFi while running or lifting weights.
  • GLOBAL USERS looking for access to censored resources.
  • Everyone, because we believe that all people should have unfiltered access to the internet. Stopping or prohibiting that access is a human rights violation. In an ideal world, everyone will be able to access information on the web. This will strengthen our society, and provide people with equal opportunities.

Our mission is to connect your world securely by providing a more safe and secure experience online. Now that you have a better understanding of VPN connections and know the most common VPN myths, help share the realities with friends, family and coworkers. Spread the word about privacy and security!

Better Safe Than Sorry