A virtual private network serves various purposes. It usually encrypts the traffic between the user and the vpn server increasing the privacy of the user, security of the system and integrity of the data. Many companies use vpn connections to transfer important data to employees or customers.
But virtual private networks have other advantages. The user's IP address is shown in normal connections on the Internet. This means that websites and other users know the IP of the user who initiated the connection. The IP alone can be used to locate the user on the world map.
A virtual private network on the other hand replaces the user's IP with its own so that the servers and users that the user connects to only see that IP and not the real one. This is also beneficial for services that only allow access to their service from specific countries.
If the vpn is offering servers in the country then the service can be used. That's great for services like Hulu, Pandora, BBC and many other streaming video or audio related services.
VyprVPN is a virtual private network service by the company that is providing the world's best Usenet service Giganews. The service is currently in beta and all Giganews Diamond customers have been invited to test it free of charge. The vpn service will remain free at least until June of this year.
* Private web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, newsgroup reading, and more -- totally secure from ISP, wireless or neighborhood eavesdropping
* The ability to choose a US or European online identity
* Protection from data snooping and identity theft on public Wi-Fi hotspots, iPhones, PDAs, and cable Internet
* The same access to all of your favorite applications you enjoy today
The connection to the vpn service needs to be created manually by the user. A detailed explanation is provided for various operating systems including Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac OSX. Two different server clusters are currently provided that the VyprVPN user can connect to: Los Angeles in the United States and Amsterdam in Europe. It would be nice if additional locations would be provided including the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada.
The selection of the vpn server is relevant in several ways. First, it is the server's IP that is used to connect to the servers worldwide. Users who want to access a US only service like Hulu or Pandora need to select the Los Angeles connection to do so. But the distance between the user's location and the server's location is also relevant for the user's connection. Everything that the user does is first routed to the vpn server and then to the destination.
Virtual private networks should be able to deliver sufficient speeds so that the usual Internet activities experience no lag or interrupted connections. The streaming video and audio connections that we tried worked fine and without interruptions most of the time. Sometimes lags were noticed and we had to wait a few seconds before the streaming media would continue to play. This is something that the developer's should work on but since VyprVPN is currently in beta it is likely that this will be taken care of.
The only users who can currently test VyprVPN are Giganews Diamond customers who can use it for free until June 30, 2010. It is likely that the service will go released to the public in the next month. We will keep you updated once this happens and see how the service has been changed and improved in that time.
Update: VyprVPN is available as a standalone service or for Giganews Platinum or Diamond customers free of charge.
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