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There are several reasons why we are based in Switzerland instead of anywhere else in the world.
There are so many ways that people can find your identity with a few keystrokes online. One of the easiest ways they do this is by keeping extensive records of your online activities, which is likely done by your ISP, government agencies, other companies, and any hacker that is watching your unsecured connection. Here are the basics you need to know:
IP address masking combined with our policy of being a no-log VPN, point-to-point encryption, and our company being registered in Switzerland means that your online activity will remain nobody's business but your own.
This is only a few of the many records that may be kept regarding your Internet usage history without the security of a VPN. Moreover, each company has a different policy on how long they keep these records, so you have no idea how long your personal data might be accessible.
There are two critical ways that a VPN guards your private data and improves your online security.
First, connecting to a VPN server masks your IP address for better privacy. That means that the personal information normally indicated by that number is hidden behind the server. This level of anonymity is one of the best features of VPNs.
Secondly, VPNs encrypt your data. Whenever you send information out to the Internet, that connection could be watched by all sorts of third parties. PrivadoVPN uses 256-bit-AES encryption, which means that your data is systematically scrambled before it leaves your computer. That information then travels through an encrypted tunnel to the destination computer. Only when it's safely there will a "private key" be used to unscramble the data into usable information.
The world's fastest computer would take 27,337,893,038,406,611,194,430,009,974,922,940,323,611,067,429,756,962,487 years to break 256-bit encryption by brute force. Put another way: 27,337,893 trillion trillion trillion trillion years. This is the best form of encryption on the planet and the gold-standard for online security.
That rather depends on where you are and what constitutes a "foreign VPN." If you are using a VPN that is based in the United States, the European Union, or a number of Asian and Oceania countries, then there is a good chance that the best VPN for you might be based elsewhere.
There are several countries that require a VPN based there to keep data on customer activity in case they need that information for an investigation. This includes the US and much of the EU. Further, many countries are involved in international surveillance agreements, some of which go back to the end of World War II, that obligate them to share information with one another.
Because different jurisdictions have different security laws, it's important to pick the best location for your VPN. PrivadoVPN is based in Switzerland, specifically because they offer some of the strongest consumer privacy protections in the world. Not only is there no requirement to keep VPN logs (which we don't), but any requests by a third party for information about a person must be disclosed to them.
One of the best, easiest ways to protect your online privacy is by choosing a VPN based in a country that values that privacy.
Your Internet connection is less like a tube and more like a road (or "superhighway" as people used to say in the 90s). Your data essentially travels out in the "open," like a car. And like a car, people who are watching the road can see inside and get access to that data, putting your security at risk.
A VPN is like building a tunnel around your data car. Before the data goes anywhere, it creates a wall of encryption that maintains your privacy by keeping anyone watching from being able to see it.
Moreover, a VPN hides your identity while you're online by hiding your real IP address, which is the unique number every Internet-connected device is assigned to facilitate data transfer. In reality, the only true connection your computer makes is to the VPN server. After that, your VPN requests all the data you want and then passes it back to your computer, so requests come from the VPN and your privacy remains secure.
Yes, a VPN that keeps no logs of your activity has better security. If your usage data is being recorded by your VPN in any respect, that puts your privacy at risk in three ways:
I don't think you'll be surprised to learn that we think the best VPN that is both free and keeps zero logs is PrivadoVPN. Here's why:
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On a phone or a tablet, you can make sure that everything you send and receive on it is encrypted, sent through a secure tunnel, and routed through our extensive server network.
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