One side note about VPNs: They change where it looks like you're located when you access the web. If your VPN provider is based in California and you live in Florida, your traffic will look like you are connecting from California. That may affect your localized web searches: If you search for "pizza delivery," you'll get shops that deliver in California. It may also affect streaming video from Netflix, your cable provider, or sports streaming services. If your VPN is elsewhere, it can change the market you are in which may affect the shows (especially sports) that you can stream.
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Norwegian software company Opera is offering iPhone users a free virtual private network app, dubbed Opera VPN, with unlimited data. But it has a plan for how to make money off of the people who use it. Virtual private networks, or VPNs, are tools that can help mask web traffic by routing it through other servers. Basically, it can make your online browsing look like it's coming from somewhere else -- often via another country. Many people rely on VPNs to evade online censorship -- or just to access content on services like Netflix that otherwise might be blocked due to their location.
AWS fired a shot across Digital Ocean's bow this morning at the AWS re:Invent conference when it announced new virtual private servers starting at just $5 a month. The VPS service, called Lightsail, allows a customer to easily fire up a server in the cloud for a low price and hide the complexity of the underlying services being used. It's been designed, according to AWS CEO Andy Jassy to let customers who don't want to deal with any of the technical details to fire up servers as needed. According to Jassy, it's just a matter of choosing from a menu of options starting with your choice of operating system such as Ubuntu, then choosing from five pre-defined bundles that include the compute, storage, memory and so forth you want to run on your VPS. Finally, you just give it a name and you're good to go.
Security on the internet is increasingly vital to both businesses and individuals. Encrypting network traffic using Virtual Private Networks is one method to enhance security. The internet, corporate, and "free internet" networks grow more hostile every day. OpenVPN, the most widely used open source VPN package, allows you to create a secure network across these systems, keeping your private data secure. The main advantage of using OpenVPN is its portability, which allows it to be embedded into several systems.