Free Wi-Fi or unlimited Wi-Fi, wherever its written it just catches your attention, so much so that you sometimes just visit a place to access to this publicly available Wi-Fi network. In today’s time when internet services are available at a much cheaper rate than before, mostly every other public place like hotels, cafes, malls, parks, offers with some sort of free Wi-Fi as a tool to attract a crowd and increase their sales. They do that to provide their customers with some extra benefits but if you get to know that this activity of yours, surfing on any site, making payments or sending emails or even searching something on Google over that hotel’s provided Wi-Fi makes your data easily available to the cyber thieves.
The cyber thieves who are just waiting for you to just open any site or search anything or to log in with password on any application and then just dive into your phone or whichever device you are accessing the Wi-Fi through and get reach to your passwords, then what follows is that you will become a victim of Identity thefts, Online Blackmailing, Loss of money from bank account many such other acts to harm you. So, to protect you and your devices and data from getting leaked what you need is called VPN with split tunnelling, which is generally provided by many VPN service provider companies which include Nord VPN.
What is a VPN?
VPN which is a Virtual Private Network is what provides you online privacy and anonymity, which allows you to access some sites or information without sharing your identity or your device’s identity that is its Internet Protocol address (IP Address). In a sense, VPN provides your device with a kind of mask, thereby covering your identity so that no one can configure what you searched on any site or no one can trace you or your data.
This VPN basically functions by creating an encrypted tunnel between your device and the concerned site’s server, which you want to access. This tunnel serves as a secure and separate pass way for you amidst that crowded network where there are people whom you do not know and cannot trust.
What is VPN Split Tunneling?
As we read above that VPN works on the concept of providing a secure encrypted tunnel over an unsecured Wi-Fi network, and it makes sure that it routes all your internet traffic through the VPN server when your device is connected to the VPN. It basically does that to enable that no unencrypted data gets leaked.
There is a common theory that when there is more traffic on a particular server, then the servers get slower and slower and after a point, the server just gets crashed. Much in a similar way if you access too many sites or if you are doing multiple tasks by accessing multiple different sites or applications over the VPN server, then the speed of the server drops down. This sometimes creates a bottleneck in the bandwidth usage and thus slows down your internet.
But this problem can be solved if you could be able to access the VPN services for those particular sites or applications which has more vulnerable data and is more important to you and deny VPN services to some less important data, which basically helps you in splitting the traffic into two ways. One is through the VPN server through the secured encrypted tunnel that has a different Internet Protocol Address, and the other one is a normal server that takes in use your own device’s Internet Protocol Address.
This splitting allows you to manage which applications or sites you want to access through the VPN server with encryption and through the secure tunnel and which ones through the normal server without any encryption or tunnel thereby maintaining a constant high speed.
This is the entire thing about VPN Split Tunneling, which is actually a feature of VPN which is again offered by the companies providing VPN services like Nord VPN and others.
How to use it?
Firstly, you need to buy the subscription for getting access to VPN services through a VPN service provider, Nord VPN is one such company which is a solution to all your problems concerning this.
There are a few different ways in which VPN Split Tunneling can be used:
- App-based: Some VPN software allows users to choose which apps the user wants to be routed through the VPN network and which ones through the normal unencrypted network, enabling them to manage the high speed of the internet.
- URL-based: This is very much similar to that of an app-based with a change that here instead of apps, the user can select specific URLs to route over VPN network and others through the normal one.
- Inverse split tunnelling: In the above two methods, all the internet traffic was unencrypted, and then you can allow some apps or URLs to route through VPN server, but the reverse happens in Inverse Split Tunneling where all traffic is sent through the VPN, and you choose exactly which apps or URLs don’t go through the VPN.
Why should the Windows OS not be used?
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Operating System has been subject to a lot of controversies over the data security issues in the last view years. This issue has raised so much that even the French Government had to intervene and ordered the software giant Microsoft to stop mishandling of data of users and stop tracking them. Ways in which our data becomes vulnerable while using Windows 10: –
- Ad Tracking
The OS gathers all the information about us whenever we are surfing over the net and while we are using any Windows 10 application and creates an interesting profile, which other companies use to advertise those things which are of our interest.
Windows 10 knows where you are wherever you go because of its location tracking feature. It tracks every user, and this information can again be misused.
Windows 10 creates a timeline of your activities which allows you to shift between devices easily but again this makes the record of our activities available to many other companies.