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3 VPN Myths You Probably Believe

September 4, 2018    |    Cyber Security    |    Lauren Elkins

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

We get that question all the time. Often enough that we put together a great video answer over on YouTube. Also, we’ve found that users run into these three misunderstandings or myths --- and we want to clear the air.

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 experience getting setup. 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

The VPN market may look endless with all of the options. It’s littered with free choices, so obviously you can get one for free, right? Wrong! If a business offers you a service for free, you become the product. They use you to make money. A 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. 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 VPN:

  • Business travelers who access public WiFi from airports and hotels
  • Small businesses securing their network as they grow
  • Users at the gym, using their WiFi while running or lifting weights
  • Global users looking to establish their virtual presence in countries like Sweden and Hong Kong
  • 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 know these myths about VPN, help share the realities with friends and coworkers. Spread the word about privacy and security.

Better Safe Than Sorry