PrivateVPN Releases Software Upgrade
PrivateVPN has put out a software upgrade that gives you tremendous control over the encryption you use to protect your privacy, according to a recent article in TorrentFreak. You can use extremely sophisticated encryption for maximum privacy or you can use no encryption at all if you want the fastest speed but still want to change your IP address. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be able to change it whenever you want, making it even more difficult for people to decipher your information.
Part of the reason that encryption has become such a hot topic is because of the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on everyone on the Internet, collecting all the data they can and using it, as has been demonstrated over and over again, in ways that they are supposedly prohibited from doing. The new encryption flexibility in the PrivateVPN client allows users to crank up the privacy to the max; to a level that would probably require technology that doesn’t even exist to crack.
In recent years, it has also been revealed that some forms of encryption have been cracked. PPTP was famously cracked at the Black Hat hackers convention, which means that the government can most certainly break this encryption.
PrivateVPN recommends that users rely on RSA-2048 encryption for their handshake, but also offers RSA-3072 and RSA-4096 encryption if you want to take your privacy settings to a higher level. You can also choose between SHA1 and SHA-256 data encryption for data authentication. AES -128 and AES-256 are both offered in addition to Blowfish, with AES-128 being faster than Blowfish or AES-256.
You can also use elliptic curve cryptography for your handshake, with ECC-256R1 and EEC-521 both being available. You can use the same ECC-256K1 that’s used by Bitcoin, if you prefer, as well.
The new encryption options offer plenty to play with, but be aware that they may slow down your service and that you don’t necessarily have to choose the most sophisticated encryption to get adequate privacy protection. If you want the maximum security, however, it’s certainly available through PrivateVPN with these new offerings.
This is also a great way to learn about cryptography, if you haven’t had the chance. While most providers do offer some options, this is the most flexible system out there at the moment and should provide those with a strong interest in cryptography with plenty to keep them busy.