How does a VPN work?
When you connect to our service, your computer makes an encrypted connection to one of our secure servers and then sends all of your Internet traffic across that connection.
So suppose you are in Egypt (for example) and you connect to our server in New York, the connection between you and our server in New York will be fully encrypted, and anyone in between cannot see or tell what you are doing on the Internet. All they can see is an encrypted connection between you and us.
Why does this matter?
Well suppose the government of Egypt decided that they did not want their people to access Facebook, they can simply firewall all access to facebook.com on the countries telecommunications equipment and straight away you would not be able to access Facebook. However, by connecting to our service first, your network traffic would go directly from your computer to one of our secure servers and only then out on the Internet to Facebook.
The Egyptian telecoms people can only see a secure connection to us, they are not able to trace or block your connection to Facebook.
Conversely, suppose the board at Twitter (or more likely one of the media companies such as Hulu, ABC, NBC etc) decided that their service was only going to be available to US based customers, they could also block access from Egypt on their servers. Again, by using our service and connecting to one of our secure US based servers, Twitter would think you are in the US and therefore grant you full access.
These are fairly generic examples but the principle is simply that by connecting to our servers, you get to choose which country your computer appears to be in and therefore which rules govern your Internet connection.
So what is a VPN, or virtual private network?
Well, that is basically just what the secure connection between you and us is called. It doesn’t physically exist, it is just a temporary encrypted connection between your computer and our servers and as only we have the encryption keys, it is private to us.
We support all the main VPN protocols and your one account with us will provide access to :
- PPTP VPN – A good basic VPN connection, widely supported without any additional software.
- L2TP VPN – An improvement over PPTP and widely supported.
- SSL VPN – In our humble opinion, the best VPN solution, although you need to download a bit of software and it is not usually supported on phones and tablets.
- IKEv2 VPN – An excellent standard VPN solution, second only to SSL.
and you are able to use any or all of these. For a full breakdown of the various protocols please see our Knowledge Base article.
and what is an IP address?
All devices that are connected to the Internet must have an IP address, which is a long number that works in a similar way to a telephone number, in that when you make a phone call both you and the person you are calling have to have a phone number, and in most cases, from the number you can work out which country, state and sometimes even the town that the person is located.
Most of the time, you do not need to know or even care about your IP address and thanks to the DNS or Domain Name System, you don’t need to know Google or Apples or anyone else’s numbers, you can simply say google.com or apple.com and the DNS will automatically put you through to the correct number.
The reason this becomes relevant is that by looking up your IP address, a website can determine where you are and specifically which country you are in and decide whether to let you access their data based on your location.
By using our service and connecting to our servers, you are able to use our IP addresses and therefore you can appear to be in the country and in some cases, the city of your choice.
What is a 14 Eyes Jurisdiction?
All 14 countries that are under this jurisdiction are basically in mutual agreement to share intelligence information with one another. Online privacy experts such as privacytools.io recommend staying away from VPN providers based in the Fourteen Eyes, especially within the U.S. In essence, the U.S government could go to a VPN provider and demand access to customer data. On top of that, they can also order the VPN company to not let it’s customers know that this is happening.
Fortunately, My Private Network is located in Hong Kong; an ideal country for VPNs to be located in as there are no mandatory data retention laws. With no legal restrictions or government involvement, a Hong Kong based VPN company can really focus on their customer’s privacy. Click here to find out more about this topic.
OK, hopefully that has made sense and you know understand a bit more about our service and what we do.
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