All VPN Questions & Answers
Updated: April 5, 2016
Want definitive answers to the most common questions users ask about VPNs before/after/in-the-process-of using one? Questions like Are VPNs legal? Are VPNs safe? And are VPNs free?
Then you have come to the right place. on this page you will find answers to all of the most common (and important) questions about VPNs. We give you the option to read short, sweet and to-the-point answers, or dive deeper into our detailed answers for each question -- since we figure some of you just want a quick answer, while others like to really dig into the nitty-gritty why's and how's of such answers.
So check out our list of the most commonly asked questions on VPN services below, with the option to get fuller answers on each just a click away. We hope our answers satisfy you!
Are VPNs Legal?
Yes. Although there are a few oppressive countries (China, Iran and North Korea for example) that have outlawed/prohibited the use of a VPN therein, but for the rest of the world using a VPN is 100% legal. For a more detailed answer, click here.
Are VPNs Safe?
Yes. Using a VPN is very safe with regards to privacy protection and security of internet connection. With that said, many VPNs differ in how 'safe' they are. For this reason, we advise reading our more in-depth answer to this question here.
Are VPNs Secure?
Yes. Arguably the most common reason to use a VPN is because of the level of privacy security you are given when connected through one. However, every VPN service provides different levels of "security" according to price plans, server selection and encryption protocols offered. Read our comprehensive answer for this here.
Are VPNs Free?
Sometimes. There are many free VPN services available, however there are significant negatives to using a free VPN including a heavy drop in privacy protection, connection stability/security and overall performance. To learn more about this, check out our detailed answer to this question by clicking here.
Are VPNs Worth it?
Yes. The benefits of using a VPN are tenfold, whereas there really is no downside. VPNs are incredibly affordable (even the most sophisticated, top-level VPN can cost you the equivalent of just 1 cup of coffee a month) and the privacy protection and geo-restriction unblocking that VPNs provide are only becoming more and more of a necessity in todays online climate. Click here for our full answer on this.
Does a VPN Work Without WiFi?
No. To be clear, if the only internet connection available to you is a WiFi signal, then no -- your VPN will not work without this connection. However, if you have alternative means to connect to the internet like via Ethernet cable or hotspot; then you can use your VPN through these without issue. Detailed answer here.
Does a VPN use Mobile Data?
Yes - but the amount of data a VPN uses is really, really small. A VPN basically adds a couple of "bits" to every data transmission you make when online, which technically means that a VPN does use mobile data. However, there are ways to reduce this data usage if you really need to. Read our detailed answer here.
Does a VPN Affect Speed?
Yes. Once you connect to a VPN on your device, some loss of speed will be experienced on your internet connection. Although the amount of speed loss will differentiate depending on the VPN provider you use -- the speed loss will ultimately be very minimal. For more detail on this answer click here.
Does a VPN Change Your IP?
Yes. Using a VPN will allow you to change your IP address to appear within any location you select before connecting to the software. This results in giving you access to online content that may be geo-restricted to certain countries (i.e. certain IP addresses). Read here for more details.
Can VPNs be Blocked?
No. Fundamentally, no VPN can be blocked. In the case of Netflix "blocking" users accessing the service through a VPN service, it is not the actual VPN software that Netflix is blocking, but rather certain IP addresses that Netflix believe are associated with VPN providers. This is the closest current case of "blocking" a VPN, and it is by no means 100% effective, nor is it technically a full blocking of VPN technology. More details here.
Why is my VPN so Slow?
Your VPN may be slow due to a number of different factors/reasons. From your internet connection (without a VPN), the sever location you are connected to the VPN through, as well as potential interference from other software running on your device. These are all solvable, allowing you to increase the speed of your internet. For a more detailed answer click here.
Why Use a VPN?
Using a VPN gives you control over protecting your online privacy and anonymity, as well as giving you the power to unblock online content and services that you would otherwise not be able to access without a VPN. Click here for more on this answer.
How Much is a VPN?
How much you pay for a VPN service is entirely dependant on how much you are willing to pay. There are well over 100 VPN providers available today that offer differing levels of performance and privacy protection. For the most part, these are all fairly priced, with the lesser quality VPN providers charging less ($4 per month or less, for example), and top quality VPN providers charging more (as much as $12 per month), accordingly. Read more.
Will a VPN Hide Torrenting?
Yes. Using a VPN immediately places a sophisticated level of encryption on all of your online activity, which protects your privacy. This makes it near-impossible for any third party to link your torrenting activity back to your personal identity or physical location. Read on for a more detailed answer here.
Does a VPN Drain Battery?
No. When you use a VPN on your device, the battery will not run out any quicker than it would without the VPN usage. Sure, there is inevitable battery usage by the VPN like with any software/app running on your device will use battery life -- but a VPN will not do so any more than normal. Click here for a more detailed answer.
How Does a VPN Protect Me?
The main ways in which a VPN protects you are by setting up a heavily encrypted connection between your device and your internet network and by allowing you to change your IP address to massively increase your online anonymity. For more details, click here.
Does a VPN Stop Throttling?
Yes. When you connect to a VPN you are encrypting your online data, which means that your ISP (Internet Service Provider) is unable to see how much bandwidth you are using -- resulting in the ISP being unable to impose any throttling. More details here.
What Does a VPN Do?
Increases privacy protecting through placing heavy encryption on your online activity, gives you almost full anonymity through IP address varying, and thus also allows you to bypass geo-blocking restrictions of online content and services. Click here for a more detailed answer.