Top VPN Myths in 2022. This is what this article will attempt to demystify or simply explain better. Unlike our other articles, this is not a review or “how to” guide. However, reading this article will definitely make you a safer Internet user in general.
These myths are true for Windows VPN, Linux VPN, Mobile VPNs, and basically just VPN in general, regardless of platform.
And no, you don’t have to be an international spy to use a VPN. Literally anyone can and should use a VPN!
I’m sure you already do! So let’s demystify some myths?
VPNs don’t store logs [ Myth]
It is “the” biggest, most dangerous and best maintained VPN myth in the industry.
Just because a VPN promises to be “log-free” or even is contractually bound by its terms and conditions to “store no logs” doesn’t mean it’s truly log-free.
In other words, even a VPN that promises a “no-logs policy” can actually connect you.
In fact, PureVPN, one of the most reputable VPNs of its time, logged in and even helped the FBI in a certain situation.
Not just PureVPN, another very popular name at the time, HideMyAss also colluded with authorities and led users to face jail time and worse.
These are just two of many other similar cases.
Basically, some VPNs do not log your IP address, but also your web activities. As a result, they can still link your original IP address to the IP address assigned to you and unmask everything you do.
So what you can and should do is check a VPN’s “no logging” policy. Only use VPNs whose “no-logs” policies are audited and verified by third parties.
ShurfShark, NordVPN, and ExpressVPN are companies with “no-logs” verification by an independently audited third party.
All VPNs are the same [Myth]
No. They are not. There are major and serious differences between VPNs. Some even lead to life-threatening consequences.
In fact, when choosing a VPN, you should pay special attention to the following points:
- VPN country/jurisdiction: Depending on the country, the level of anonymity offered by a VPN differs. In some countries, VPNs are forced to keep logs despite their “no-logs policies”. The British Virgin Islands, Switzerland, Panama, etc. are among the best VPN countries.
- Speed: Almost all VPNs come with some reduction in speed. Good VPNs have a negligible impact on speed while bad VPNs make it really painful.
- Advanced Features: Not all VPNs offer advanced features such as double-hop/onion over VPN/antimalware/split tunneling/camouflage mode etc.
- Connection protocols: The protocols offered by each VPN differ. These protocols define security and speed (or slow) your connection will be.
- No Logs Policy: Not all VPNs really adhere to their “no logs policy”.
- Support: 24/7 live chat is not offered by all VPNs. Then the quality of support, response time, and overall experience differ wildly.
- Simultaneous Connections: The number of devices each VPN account can connect to differs significantly for each VPN company.
- Payment Methods: Not all VPNs accept Crypto payments. However, it is a must if you want to be truly anonymous from step 1.
The thing is, not all VPNs are the same. In reality,
“Choosing the wrong VPN is worse than not using a VPN” – Updateland.
VPNs cause speed loss [ Truth]
No matter which VPN you use, some speed loss is guaranteed. This is normal due to all the additional routing and security protocols your connection goes through.
However, when using the right VPN, the speed loss is either completely negligible or doesn’t make a huge difference.
It’s best to always try a VPN’s trial plan and check the speed before committing to a long-term payment plan.
VPNs are illegal [Myth]
Because of what VPNs make possible, a very common myth surrounding VPNs is that they are illegal.
I mean hey, they let you access that government. deemed illegal/inappropriate. Therefore, the government. making VPNs illegal is a perfectly acceptable assumption, isn’t it?
However, no. VPNs are completely in most countries. You won’t have any legal issues for using VPN.
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. You cannot use a VPN legally in Russia, North Korea, UAE, etc. Note that this is not legal advice. Check the legality of a VPN in your country before using a VPN.
VPNs make your connection more secure [Truth]
VPNs aren’t just for “changing IP addresses.”
They also add significant security to any connection, primarily against public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi networks are among the easiest and simplest to hack.
However, with a VPN, the hacker accesses your VPN connection instead of the actual Wi-Fi connection and therefore cannot hack into your system.
VPNs protect you 100% against hackers and the government. [Myth]
Hackers and third parties are not limited to hacking only through your “IP address”.
Whether or not you use a VPN, social engineering, phishing, RATs, malware. Digital fingerprints and many other threats still exist and are equally disastrous.
Moreover, social networks and search engines are major spies these days. They follow you extensively, to a point where they can almost predict what your next order should be.
To be completely safe, you should use more anonymous search engines (duck duck go)anonymous operating system (TAILS)and other anonymous browsers (Brave).
Using a VPN to Access Banned Websites Makes Them Legal [Myth]
You should understand that just because you can “access” a website does not mean that it is a legal act.
In other words, if website X is banned in your country and you access website X, you are still breaking a law.
The only difference is that, in this case, with a good VPN, the chances of you getting caught are almost zero.
Free VPNs are the same as paid VPNs
Another major mistake made most when choosing a new VPN? They opt for free VPNs. One of the main myths about VPNs is that free VPNs are the same as paid VPNs. They are not.
There is a very popular saying that goes-
“When you are not paying for a product, you are the product”.
And that’s as true as it gets.
Maintaining a VPN is a very demanding job in terms of money. It is therefore impossible for any company to offer you complete anonymity and freedom for free.
In most cases, companies store logs by default or very easily assist law enforcement if needed.
Also, free VPNs tend to offer fewer features. And most importantly, I’ve never seen a free VPN offer speeds I can work with.
Then there are ads, limited bandwidth, very limited “simultaneous connections”, and other restrictions.
The thing is, a free VPN is the same as a paid VPN on paper only. In reality, it’s almost suicide in terms of security or anonymity.
Tor and a VPN are the same [Myth]
Many people tend to use Tor as an alternative to a VPN. Although it is “similar”, the actual technology and usage differs wildly.
To begin with, TOR is a browser while VPN is software. TOR only changes the IP address for websites accessed through the TOR browser. A VPN, on the other hand, hides and encrypts your entire system, including all browsers and other software.
TOR is a node-and-volunteer-based mechanism. In other words, other people who volunteer to be nodes help facilitate IP address change and anonymity. It’s not secure. . TOR has been hacked by the FBI in the past.
Also, the advanced features that a VPN offers such as kill-switch, split tunneling, protocol choices are not really available with TOR.
The thing is, TOR can change your IP address. TOR can help you access “some” blocked websites. However, it is not half as secure as a good VPN.
Using a VPN requires technical skills [ Myth]
I understand where this myth comes from. Given what a VPN achieves, the idea that it has to be something complicated and difficult to use attaches to it. Then terms like “protocols”, “kill-switch”, etc. make it even scarier.
However, using a VPN is simpler and easier than using most social networking sites!
If you can read and click a mouse, you are already overqualified as a VPN user.
Most VPNs offer you a map as well as a list of countries. You just have to choose your country. You can either click on the map or on this list of countries.
This instantly connects you to a VPN from the country you selected. Fact.!
Even without configuring any of the advanced options, a VPN is just as secure and fast. Advanced options usually add benefits that don’t affect your security/safety hugely.
VPNs allow you to access all websites [Truth]
It’s technically correct. One of the few ways a party blocks a website is by restricting “IP addresses” from specific countries/regions/providers.
Therefore, when you change your IP address, you can access just about anything.
However, note that there are anti-VPN websites. This means that these websites, on their own side, have banned VPNs. A good example is Casinos, ad networks, and crypto exchanges.
You can unblock regional Netflix content with a VPN [Truth]
A little-known secret to many is that Netflix/ Amazon Prime/ Hulu, etc. are organized at the regional level. This means that the films/series you see are not necessarily “all” of their content.
Instead, they only show you specific content allowed in your region. Therefore, a certain season of a certain season may not be available for you, but it is available for people from another country/region.
Using a VPN allows you to access these blocked Netflix contents.
Disconnecting – Top VPN Myths
These are just the top 11 VPN myths. I’m sure there are a dozen more. These are just the ones most often found in people’s heads.
The purpose of this article was to make you a better VPN user. Hope you learned how to choose one and how to be safer on the internet.
If you have any other VPN myths or doubts that you would like answered, the comment box is yours.