What is VPN ?

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Posted 4th Jun 2020
Hi why is everyone buying VPN ?
Is VPN for illegal streaming?
After buying how can i use it?
Is it necessary for“magic tv box”?
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VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way of connecting to the internet through a private encrypted "tunnel".

You can use one for many things, and legality is a grey area depending on how you use it.

For example you could use it to get around your isp's blocks of for example a torrent site, to allow you to download movies and software. This would be illegal on the grounds of it's piracy.

You could also use it to make it look like you're in another country from the one your actually in - for example to get a netflix subscription cheaper from another country than your own, this is what I would say is a grey area, some might say it's fraud, others would say it's flipping it to the man. You could use it to get aroound the content that a tv provider gives to one country but not another.

You could use it to get around ISP blocks or parental filters.

You could also use it to get around countrywide blocks where information is restricted to the masses, for example in communist and middle eastern countries.

You could use it to get around a website ban, by essentially giving you a new IP.

It also increases your privacy overall on the general internet, however you would want one that doesn't log data etc. Although there is no guarantees of what the provider is doing.

It's not necessary for a magic box, unless you want to access stuff that is restricted in your country.

Most of them now are easy to use, through a simple GUI, where you select where you want to log onto etc.

Some are more complex and can be used via windows or router settings. These are usually VPN's that a business would use however to access it's own internal networks.

Hope this helps.
Edited by: "Smart_Shed" 4th Jun
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VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way of connecting to the internet through a private encrypted "tunnel".

You can use one for many things, and legality is a grey area depending on how you use it.

For example you could use it to get around your isp's blocks of for example a torrent site, to allow you to download movies and software. This would be illegal on the grounds of it's piracy.

You could also use it to make it look like you're in another country from the one your actually in - for example to get a netflix subscription cheaper from another country than your own, this is what I would say is a grey area, some might say it's fraud, others would say it's flipping it to the man. You could use it to get aroound the content that a tv provider gives to one country but not another.

You could use it to get around ISP blocks or parental filters.

You could also use it to get around countrywide blocks where information is restricted to the masses, for example in communist and middle eastern countries.

You could use it to get around a website ban, by essentially giving you a new IP.

It also increases your privacy overall on the general internet, however you would want one that doesn't log data etc. Although there is no guarantees of what the provider is doing.

It's not necessary for a magic box, unless you want to access stuff that is restricted in your country.

Most of them now are easy to use, through a simple GUI, where you select where you want to log onto etc.

Some are more complex and can be used via windows or router settings. These are usually VPN's that a business would use however to access it's own internal networks.

Hope this helps.
Edited by: "Smart_Shed" 4th Jun
deleted250841404/06/2020 10:48

VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way of connecting to the internet …VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way of connecting to the internet through a private encrypted "tunnel".You can use one for many things, and legality is a grey area depending on how you use it.For example you could use it to get around your isp's blocks of for example a torrent site, to allow you to download movies and software. This would be illegal on the grounds of it's piracy.You could also use it to make it look like you're in another country from the one your actually in - for example to get a netflix subscription cheaper from another country than your own, this is what I would say is a grey area, some might say it's fraud, others would say it's flipping it to the man.You could also use it to get around countrywide blocks where information is restricted to the masses, for example in communist and middle eastern countries.You could use it to get around a website ban, by essentially giving you a new IP.It also increases your privacy overall on the general internet, however you would want one that doesn't log data etc. Although there is no guarantees of what the provider is doing.It's not necessary for a magic box, unless you want to access stuff that is restricted in your country.Most of them now are easy to use, through a simple GUI, where you select where you want to log onto etc.Some are more complex and can be used via windows or router settings.Hope this helps.


Thanks for detail answer.
They do have other uses too - many businesses will use a VPN to allow workers to work remotely in a more secure way. Many IT resources will only be available to users on site. Using a VPN will normally provide an IP address which is classed as on site and access to those resources. An example at the moment might be access to the payroll system, so users can get access to their P60s and wage slips, which may not be possible.
alg04/06/2020 11:00

They do have other uses too - many businesses will use a VPN to allow …They do have other uses too - many businesses will use a VPN to allow workers to work remotely in a more secure way. Many IT resources will only be available to users on site. Using a VPN will normally provide an IP address which is classed as on site and access to those resources. An example at the moment might be access to the payroll system, so users can get access to their P60s and wage slips, which may not be possible.



Added a bit about businesses, think the OP was asking more about home use.
VPN is just a protocol allowing you to securely connect to another network over the internet. It initially became popular to allow home and remote workers to connect to their company's internal network. It's totally legitimate and above board.

The services sometimes referred to as VPNs are anonymity services operating using those protocols. They essentially allow you to route your traffic through them and encrypt all of it, rather than depending on the computer on the other side of the connection supporting encryption.

This means none of your traffic goes through your ISP unencrypted - although that traffic is still unencrypted at the anonymity service's servers and on it's way to it's final destination.

So they're mostly a tool for dealing with local connections you don't trust. Although most traffic these days is encrypted anyway so you're not sending passwords and so on.

And the more dodgy side of trying hoodwink others by pretending to be someone you're not.
Use-case for me: Watch UK TV while on holiday abroad. For example the BBC News channel that I fund via my license fee is not available any other way when travelling.
Not all VPNs are equal when it comes to speed and the log files they keep on you.
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