VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an essential security tool for protecting your online privacy.
When you’re connected to a VPN, your internet activity is encrypted. Which means that your real IP address is masked. No one can see who you are or what you’re doing, not even ISPs (Internet Service Providers), governments, or Hackers. If some does try to peek in through, they will only see a jumbled up forms of encrypted.
Is it illegal to use a VPN?
Using a Virtual Private Network is not illegal!While VPNs may conjure images of illegal activities and mysterious figures on the dark web.
But the reality is that Virtual Private Networks are currently legal to use in many countries, including U.S. and India.
There is no law that says that you cannot hide your IP address or route your traffic through a different server.
There is no inherent reason that citizens should be prevented from hiding their activity from third-party listeners and there is no “right to track” at the common law level.
Is it illegal in India?
It is crucial to note that using a VPN performing simple activities in India is legal.
In fact, there are no laws around using a VPN in India.
As long as you are using it for no illegal activities, it shouldn’t be a law breaking case.
That said, the reason why VPNs get such a bad reputation is for their use in activities that are deemed illegal in India.
The biggest and most common use case here lies in accessing content blacklisted by the Indian government (such as pornography), or torrent sites that facilitate the distribution of pirated content.
The latter is the most common case of prosecution, and it is copyright infringement and creation of pirated content, and not the use of Virtual Private Network, that can land you in legal trouble.
Restricted VPN Areas
There are some areas that are more “Virtual Private Network-friendly” than others. China is a notable example. But even in China, the reports are often overblown. It’s rare, if ever, for a foreigner to be fined or imprisoned for using a VPN. China can clamp down at the provider level, such as shutting down the cell phone service of anybody that is using a VPN.
This happened in Xinjiang in 2015. To get the cell phone service reinstated, people had to go to the police who informed them to delete all restricted applications, such as Skype and VPN applications.
After deletion, you can simply reinstall these services again. China aims to make it inconvenient to use VPN services, not to ban them outright. An outright ban would be bad for business as many companies need to use these services, and a ban would be difficult to enforce.
This situation is much the same in Russia and the Middle East, where the use of VPNs is frowned upon but never taken as a really serious matter for regular customers.
In Western nations, there is no real risk of using a VPN. There is just no legal basis for a ban and no serious means of enforcing one. A far more relevant risk is not using one, which opens you up to commercial tracking as well as cybercriminals looking for sensitive details. You can’t really get in trouble for using a VPN, but you can definitely get in trouble if you are without one.
Where can you download VPN?
With availability of different VPNs both in App store and Playstore, it becomes difficult to choose the best for your preferences.
Here, I’ll list some few:
PS: Some VPN has in app purchase
- Express VPN
- Tunnel Bear
- Nord VPN