How Does a VPN Work?

A VPN, or virtual private network, creates a connection between your computer and one of our servers, which are located around the world. You are able to hide your IP address and your actual location, displaying instead one of our IP addresses and a virtual location of anywhere that we have a server. Websites that you visit won't see your real IP address or your location; they'll see the IP and location of the OctaneVPN gateway that you connect through.

What's more, your ISP will only see encrypted information. A VPN is a great way to prevent marketers or your ISP from tracking your history and online activity. Your ISP may attempt to limit your bandwidth, and having a VPN that provides them with only encrypted information can help you avoid bandwidth limits from your ISP. Marketers who would track your activity to target you for particular advertisements will also be thwarted in their efforts because you will surf using a new IP address every time you connect to our servers, and you can even change your server location.

Hackers who would look to steal your information are also stopped by OctaneVPN. Your information is encrypted and hidden behind our service so hackers cannot gain access to your usernames, passwords, emails, and other sensitive information they may use to steal your identity, place unauthorized purchases, or harm you in other ways. Those who use public connections such as Wi-Fi hotspots in airports, coffee shops, and more, such as frequent travelers, may find this added security beneficial.

A VPN is also a great way to appear to be somewhere else when surfing the internet.  The benefits of appearing to be somewhere else vary widely.  Many vendors charge different prices depending on where you appear to be or even what browser or operating system you appear to be using. Some websites and even whole swaths of the internet are not accessable from certain jurisidictions.  A VPN allows you to change your location to that of another country that may be able to have broader access. This is particularly beneficial to travelers who wish to continue to access websites from their home country when they are in restricted jurisdictions.

Finally, a VPN may even be beneficial to those who wish to tunnel through their school or employer's firewall. Employers and schools may place firewalls to prevent you from accessing certain websites while you are online. A VPN will allow you to tunnel through a firewall and avoid other attempts at censorship.

Whatever the reason for your interest in a VPN, OctaneVPN is an excellent choice. If you still have questions about VPN service and its benefits, just ask our support team. We're here to help.