The case for decentralized private networks versus traditional VPNs


When the Internet was introduced in the 1990s, it was a new way for people to access information and connect globally. Unfortunately, the The internet then became a hub where governments and corporations track your activities, collect data and invade your privacy. During this period, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) became a service that helped hide a user’s online identity and allowed the user to surf the Internet in “privacy”.

A VPN hides your IP address by routing your connection through a physical server, giving you a new IP address. This new IP address could help you access geo-restricted content, bypass firewalls, and protect your identity. Moreover, these VPN services use centralized servers around the world, allowing users to log in to use its service.

VPN services store your data and browsing history and monitor your online activity. Unfortunately, this data is often sold to third parties and can easily be subpoenaed by government officials. Additionally, centralized servers are susceptible to attack as they are treasure troves for hackers looking for personal data.

A blockchain-based solution called the decentralized VPN (DPN) had become a solution to these problems. Decentralized Private Networks (DPNs) are Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks that eliminate third parties who are the central weak points of any network. In a decentralized network, each node acts as its client and server. This allows the user to have full control over their personal data and information.

What are some of the advantages of a DPN over a traditional VPN?

DPN can be cheaper than a VPN

Traditional VPNs have monthly or yearly subscription plans. VPN prices vary between providers, with some going as low as $2.30 per month for an agreed period. Often these prices increase at the end of the contract with the hope that you will continue to subscribe after the promotional price ends. DPNs have a $0 subscription model because purchasing the device is the only cost to the user.

Faster speeds without downtime

VPNs route users to limited servers around the world, which often creates congestion, especially during peak hours. DPNs are their client and their server; thus, users can connect to any device on the global network. This allows for little to no internet slowdowns at any time. Some newer VPN services have services optimized for streaming to alleviate this problem. However, since they use fixed IP addresses, these are also likely to be banned by streaming services. DPNs are a newer entity, so their evolution is not yet fully known, but the use of optimized string scaling as Polkadot means congestion is less likely.

No log

VPNs store data on centralized servers. These servers may contain personal data. You can, however, view VPN logging policies at third-party websites to assess your exposure. DPNs, on the other hand, save data to your device, which means your information never leaves your device.

DPNs partially hide IP addresses, so if a device is being used as a VPN by another user, both parties are safe without anyone’s identity being revealed.

It’s decentralized

VPNs are centralized, creating a central point of weakness. Each server is a hub and is responsible for its service in a dedicated region. If this server is hacked, all information stored on this server can be leaked.

DPNs are decentralized, which means that each device is both your server and your VPN service; the data is stored on your device. This means that the responsibility to protect your data rests with you. Some may not want to take that risk, but history dictates that VPN services are better targets for hackers than personal devices.

Earn passive income

Bandwidth sharing on DPNs allows users to earn cryptocurrencies as passive income. VPNs cannot generate passive income. The Deeper Connect Pico by the Deeper network, for example, allows a user to create cryptocurrency while using a decentralized VPN service. They do this by combining blockchain with network security and a sharing economy.

As a Web 3.0 project, the DPN returns ownership of the Internet to citizens. Additionally, using a DPN makes your data more secure and you earn passive income by sharing your bandwidth with others on the network.

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