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When it comes to modern technology everything seems to need to be abbreviated. We have HDMI, DVI, and VGA cables. We have LCD, LED, and OLED screen technologies. And, these are just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to the Internet, everything is abbreviated. But, two similar shortened words don’t always mean similar things. An example of this is the difference between VPS and VPN, which confuses a lot of people.
VPN stands for virtual private network. It usually consists of a group of computers all communicating on a private network. They access websites for each other and mask each other’s IP addresses. This helps to make browsing private. When you make a search when using a VPN, the search is made from multiple hosts. When the results come back, all of the hosts are mashed into one. This leaves you with an IP address that doesn’t make sense to an outsider, but the user gets to access the page they want at a slower speed. So, it protects users from being monitored online. But, why would people need this?
The uses of VPNs range from harmless to highly criminal, depending on the user. Some people use them simply for privacy, which is their intended use. Others, though, will use them for things like streaming television that isn’t licensed in their country. At the worst end of the spectrum, VPNs have been used to help criminals commit fraud and other financial crimes. VPNs are becoming more and more common. With governments cracking down on Internet monitoring, more people are starting to use them to avoid being watched. Of course, in most places, this is completely legal.
Loads of companies offer this services to people willing to pay a little. You can find companies like Tunnelbear and Hola, who can help you to stay hidden without having to sacrifice too much speed. It’s best to look at as many companies as possible. Some will have faster speeds than others, but won’t give you as much data. Others will give you loads of data, but it will be hard to use because the service is very slow. Always read reviews before buying into something like this.
On the other side of things, VPS stands for virtual private server. But, these aren’t very similar to VPNs. VPSs are used to host websites, without having to deal with the costs of a dedicated server. But, unlike shared hosting, they also remove a lot of the security risks. So, they’re great for companies who can’t afford their own server. They work like a VM, but on a server. You will still be sharing a server; but, you won’t have to worry about other people having access. Instead, you will have your own files on a virtual machine. This keeps them separate from other VMs.
Most of the time, these are used simply to boost website security. Of course, though, some people use them for less than legal purposes. In the past, services like this have been used to trick people into trusting scam websites. This isn’t very common anymore, though. Companies use these servers to save some money when it comes hosting their website. It doesn’t cost much more than regular shared hosting, and it’s much better. It gives companies much more freedom when it comes to hosting their site. You can run customer programs and applications on these servers. This allows you to have a truly unique website, with the help of a developer.
These services can be invaluable to a company. So, if you host a website, you’ll probably be interested. You can find cheap VPS hosting from most website hosts. They will be able to move your website for you if it’s already hosted with them. Some companies will even move your data from other services if you buy a big enough subscription. Most of these services will provide you with set amounts of space and data usage. This means that you have to be realistic when you choose an option. It’s easy to pick something cheap, hoping it will be enough. But, for a lot of sites, this will serious damage user experience on your site.
Hopefully, this will clear the air for you when it comes to some of those tricky abbreviations. A lot of tech is being named this way because it’s logical. But, unfortunately, human brains don’t always respond well to logic. So, it can be very hard to understand what certain things means, in the world of IT.
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