Double VPN | What is it and does is it really offer better privacy?

(dramatic music) – The best way to ensure
your privacy online, at least according to Hollywood, is to hop or bounce your
connection all across the globe. It's virtually untraceable, or is it? (dramatic music) Welcome to All Things Secured. I'm Josh and my goal here is to de-mystify the marketing hype surrounding online security software. And trust me, it's mostly hype. Recently I had someone
ask me about this idea of a double VPN feature. So today I wanna take a few minutes to answer three important questions. First, what exactly does a double VPN do. Two, what are the
advantages and disadvantages of using a double VPN? And finally, we'll finish
with the ultimate question, is this really the best way
to ensure privacy online? The short answer is
that any extra security or privacy offered by a double
VPN is mostly redundant. So unless you're a journalist
or a political activist who fears harmful internet surveillance, it's probably not necessary for you, but it's still fascinating. So let's dive in with an
explanation of this process. Double VPN, which has been
called double hop, multi-hop, cascading, nested, chained,
whatever you call it, the basic premise is that
you're adding additional privacy and security by running
a second, third, fourth, or if you're truly paranoid, even more layers of encryption
on your internet connection.

Normally, a virtual private
network is a connection between your device, a computer, a tablet, or your mobile phone, and another server. This could be your office server
or a commercial VPN server located in another country. A double VPN goes a step further by adding yet another VPN
server connection to the mix, thus hiding both the original
source of the connection from the second VPN server
and the final destination of the connection from
the first VPN server. Like I said earlier, it's redundant security
measures in the event that one of the servers or encryption protocol is somehow compromised. In practice, double VPN could be set up in a number of different ways. For some VPN services, and I'll use Surfshark as an example here, they have what they
call a multi-hop feature where you can choose a
preset series of servers through which your traffic
will be encrypted and routed.

In every case that I've seen, you can't switch which server
is part of the double hop, you just have to accept the options and the locations they give you. Another option would be to connect to a server using one VPN service, and then while remaining connected, use a different VPN software to connect to yet another server elsewhere. But this requires a subscription to two different VPN services
so keep that in mind. Before you put yourself
through the trouble of doing all this, though, it's worth asking what kind of advantages and disadvantages this feature offers. It should be obvious that
adding extra encryption and additional routing will slow down your internet connection. Like a lot. It's also resource intensive, which means that devices
engaging in a double encryption will likely drain battery
faster and run slower. As far as advantages go,
there really aren't that many. It's a redundant layer of security. And if you're using a VPN
to do anything illegal, I'd like to also point out that
no single piece of software or encryption, even if
it's doubled or tripled up, can guarantee 100% protection, period.

So is Hollywood right? Should you consider using a double VPN? More than likely, the
answer to this is no. I mean, honestly, a VPN is already a
redundant layer of security in most cases. If you're connecting to
a website that uses HTTPS at the beginning, which at
this point is most of them, then a VPN is just doubling
what you already have. If you have some reason to believe that you're being surveilled, like those engaging in
high-stakes journalism or activism in a hostile country, it might make sense. But for the average internet user, there are more practical ways to ensure privacy and security. For example, you could
strengthen your online accounts with stronger passwords
using a password manager. You could enable two-factor authentication on any account that allows it. Heck, you could just learn
to be more careful about when and where you share your
personal information online.

All of these are much better, more practical ways of
adding layers of security to your online identity. And I've got a lot of great videos that can show you how. Check these out. Don't forget to subscribe
to All Things Secured and I will catch you in the next video..

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