A VPN is a wonderful tool that allows users to hide from several kinds of entities. But is it invisible? Can it be detected? That’s what we’re going to talk about today.
Most entities will be able to see that you are using a VPN. Your ISP, the sites you are visiting, or any agency that tries to snoop on your Internet activity can see you are connected to a VPN.
How is a VPN Detected?
Some of the best VPN providers actually use thousands of IP addresses, spread around the world. But after filtering those IPs per country, it’s easy to see that they are almost identical, coming from the same place and used by different users. There are softwares with algorithms that analyze those IPs and detect a VPN immediately.
In the case of your ISP, the fact that your connection is encrypted can only mean one thing: that you are using a VPN.
Do They Have Access to Your Activity?
Now that’s a completely different story. When you’re using a reliable Virtual Private Network, no one but you will know what you are doing. This is the most important thing, and one of the main reasons why so many people use a VPN. The thing to keep in mind is that your ISP (or any other entity) will easily see that you are using a VPN. But they can’t see what you are doing thanks to your encrypted connection.
And there’s no problem if they know you have a Virtual Private Network. It’s a legal and normal thing to do. Many companies and individuals do it to increase their security.
Are all VPNs Capable of Protecting your Activity?
No! When we say that a VPN is capable of protecting you, we assume you did your homework and chose a reputable provider. If you have a bad software, like the one from a free VPN provider, this post does not apply to you.
Just like any other software or product, you can find good brands, but also bad ones. A weaker one will have disadvantages that may expose you, like a low encryption cipher, or lack of important security tools. Some even save their user’s activity to sell to marketing companies.
While it’s easy to identify the use of a Virtual Private network, it’s not possible to see the activity of the user. Remember that using a VPN is legal, and it doesn’t matter if someone knows you are using one. Even your ISP is perfectly OK with the fact that you are using this type of software.