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Private internet access

Private internet access

Private internet access definition

Private internet access refers to a secure and private way people can connect to the internet using various means such as virtual private network (VPN) services. Compared to connecting to the internet through ISP directly, private internet access hides most of the details about the user’s online behavior by encrypting their traffic and routing it through a remote server.

See also: virtual private server, private ip, VPN firewall, virtual address

Benefits of private internet access

  • Enhanced security. Using a VPN to connect to the internet, encrypts the user’s traffic, making it virtually impossible for a third party to access the user’s data.
  • Increased privacy. The user’s internet service provider (ISP) as well as other third parties can’t track the user’s browsing history, preventing them from using it for profit or surveillance.

Drawbacks of private internet access

  • Technical complexity. While a VPN can be easy to use, other private internet access tools are much more complex.
  • False sense of security. Using additional tools can add an extra layer of security and privacy, but a lot depends on the actions of the user.
  • Cost. Private internet access tools and services often cost money.
  • Limited access. Some websites and services recognize private internet access tools and may block or limit the user’s access.
  • Slower internet speed. Some tools such as Tor can take a long time to load pages, making the browsing experience worse.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security