August 13, 2015
It is not a secret that some authorities are feeling uncomfortable knowing that so many people out there is VPNs (Privacy Protection Services) to protect their data and identity. Thus, they are unrolling considerable efforts to crack the encryption used by VPNs. The National Security Agency, or NSA, makes no exception from this rule, as it attacks and tries to compromise the security protocols used by VPNs for a while now. But, there is no reason to panic, experts say since this will not mean that online privacy will disappear. While some are working hard to crack the existing encryptions, others are working even harder to improve and make them stronger, or even to come up with new methods of privacy protection.
And even if this aspect did not appear in the media until now, the story of NSA trying to crack the security of VPNs is not such a new fact. Actually, a German publication, more precisely the Der Spiegel newspaper, even presented a slide showing NSA in 2010 getting through the most used encryption methods used by VPNs. They are so fierce about making this happen, that they even hired a team of engineers and specialists that do nothing but try to crack these security codes. If you are wondering that types of security methods they managed to destroy up to now, you should know that they can exploited Secure Shell, Secure Socket Layer and Internet Protocol Security (IPSec).
VPNs are currently the most used and efficient way to protect your identity, data and activity online, including conversations and messaging. A VPN works by creating a protective pathway, between your device and the final destination on the Internet, not allowing third parties to see who you are, where you are going and what type of activities you unroll online. Many large companies use VPNs to protect their customers, like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo, and many other users get their support in keeping their data away from the curious eyes of spying agencies or even cyber-criminals. Still, even if the German newspaper stated that some encryptions methods are compromised by the specialists of NSA, they have failed to say that there are many other new encryption methods that are used and have not been yet cracked. As mentioned before, there are people that continuously work in improving online privacy and security.
The report shows that not all VPNs networks are vulnerable to the attempt of the NSA to damage their safety. And since the story is quite old now, and technology continually advanced since then, the information might not even reflect the reality anymore. A reliable and well-done key encryption management is still capable of protecting anyone using VPNs as a measure to keep in safe place their privacy and information. So we cannot talk that online privacy is coming to an end. Privacy protection service providers like the VPN networks are constantly working in improving their encryption methods. But not only because of NSA or other organizations but also because cyber-criminals and hackers always work in compromising the security over the Internet.