When is it safe to use a VPN?
A new study has found that using a VPN for web browsing and social media is safe and effective.
The study, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, found that the average internet user is using about a 10% increase in internet traffic and using less than half the bandwidth of a person using an ordinary connection.
The VPN, also known as a tunnel or virtual private network, allows internet users to access the internet without being connected to any servers.
The researchers, from Johns Hopkins, compared the average amount of bandwidth used in the US to that of a country that has a VPN.
They found that average users use about 20% more internet traffic than a person with no VPN, which translates to a reduction in internet use of less than one-fifth of what it would have been.
The average US internet user also uses about five times as much internet bandwidth than the average user in a country with no such network, and about 10 times as many internet users in a nation with a VPN than those with an ordinary internet connection.
A VPN can help users keep an eye on their online activity, but its use is only recommended for very specific purposes.
It can also protect people from being tracked and targeted by internet-based criminals.
The results of the study, published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, show that the more a VPN is used, the less it can compromise an internet user’s privacy.
“The most effective VPNs we tested are ones that offer limited privacy and are specifically designed for the specific use of a particular user,” Dr Chris Anderson, a Johns Hopkins researcher, told the BBC.
“This may be different for users in different geographical areas or within the same country.”
The study also found that a VPN could be an effective tool for protecting against malware.
The research found that, of the 1,000 websites it tested, 95% of them were not hosted by a US-based VPN service provider.
Only one website, for example, was hosted by OpenVPN, a secure, open source network.
Researchers also found the most common VPN software used by internet users was FreeVPN, which offers a free version of its software, and Kaspersky’s OpenVPN Pro.
“Although it is true that most VPNs have a ‘default’ setting that can only be turned on when certain conditions are met, this is not necessarily a good choice,” Dr Anderson said.
“Instead, the ideal VPN should be one that is tailored to a user’s needs and that offers a level of protection not available in other VPN software, such as full encryption.”
A VPN’s most important use, according to the study authors, is to help prevent online criminals from being able to monitor online activity and potentially trace it back to a person’s IP address.
“A VPN can be a great tool to protect people’s privacy online,” Dr Christopher Anderson, Johns Hopkins.
“However, it is not advisable to use one just to protect your privacy, because that may compromise your ability to track and trace your online activities.”
Privacy can be very important, but the internet is changing fast.
In 2016, the US government proposed the Digital ID Act, which would force internet providers to provide users with an easy-to-use identity card.
The bill also would require internet service providers to collect personal information about every user on the internet.
The US government’s proposal has been met with protests from technology companies.