While I’ve defaulted to using Private Internet Access for my VPN needs for years, I also occasionally use a different VPN provider: Mullvad. I’ve been using VPNs for well over a decade and only stumbled on this service sometime in 2019, so I wanted to bring some more attention to the service.
Something I noticed a long time ago is that, in some cases, when using a VPN (virtual private network) I was able to download files faster than using my direct internet connection. It didn’t happen all the time, but it did happen. Being a little more knowledgeable today, I now understand why this was and thought it might be a bit helpful to share it here as I’m sure others have experienced this phenomenon.
The notion of being some random, anonymous internet user online is largely a farce. We are being tracked almost everywhere with everything we do online. The sites we visit track us, some sites we visit try to follow us all over the web to identify what we do, governments are bulk-grabbing details of our browsing activities, gobbling up our emails and our other online communications. Our ISPs are privy to everything we do online when connected to our home internet.