VPN vs VPS: What is the Difference?

What is a VPN?

This abbreviation stands for Virtual Private Network. It is a network of dedicated servers that create private tunnels connecting computers with external resources on the web. It disguises all the traffic coming from the user’s device. If a VPN is on, all requests and search history become unaccessible even for the Internet Service Providers (ISP).

How Does VPN Work and Why Do You Need It?

Various companies are providing VPN services for different types of devices and operation systems. Once the VPN software is switched on, it starts hiding all the outgoing data. Through the creation of the tunnel, VPN conceals the IP address and the location from other external actors, including cybercriminals. So, the user’s anonymity and security increase significantly.

What is VPN

Pros and Cons of Using a VPN

From the above use cases, the apparent benefits of a VPN are:

  1. Privacy and anonymity.
  2. Security.
  3. Access to geo-restricted content.
  4. Access to protected remote resources, like the ones located on a corporate Intranet. In addition to these, VPN services are usually quite affordable.
  1. The speed. The creation of a secure and encrypted connection does take time. It might not affect day-to-day tasks if overall there is a good internet speed, but this makes a VPN less suitable for tasks, like large-scale web scraping or sneaker botting.
  2. Nullification of privacy when employing personified services. This would be true for many services, but once users open the email, video streaming service, or social media account linked to them directly, such services start collecting information about the activities on their internet platforms. VPN can’t guarantee full anonymity and privacy in this case.
  3. Stability of connection. If the VPN connection drops, the user’s information becomes exposed. In order to avoid this from happening, some VPNs use a kill switch that automatically disconnects from the internet if the connection is lost.
  4. This is not an ultimate security tool. It is required to configure VPN properly in order to gain maximum benefits. DNS and IP leaks might still happen. It is worth remembering that using VPN does not guarantee protection from malware breaching the user’s security. Good online user practices, such as using trusted sources, should still be applied.

What is a VPS?

This stands for Virtual Private Server. It is a form of web hosting offered by specialized companies. It provides a separately dedicated part of a genuine hardware server to host data online. Each such virtual container runs independently. VPS is primarily used for hosting websites, apps, and other services.

What is VPS?

How Does VPS Work and Why Do You Need It?

VPS utilizes virtualization technology to separate a physical server into different independent sections called virtual servers or “nodes”. It enables autonomous functioning of all its bits while keeping little difference between the functionality of the actual piece of hardware and its virtual parts.

Pros and Cons of Using a VPS

Let’s recap the VPS’s advantages we’ve just covered:

  1. Good speed and performance.
  2. Flexibility in customization and control.
  3. Scalability.
  4. Cost efficiency.
  5. Privacy.
  6. No need to maintain a physical dedicated server.
  1. Cost. Although the prices of VPS are considerably lower than those of dedicated servers, they are still more expensive than their shared counterparts.
  2. Potential issues with resource allocation. In rare cases when one of the clients of the physical server uses a big volume of its resources that can affect the performance of other clients’ websites. Usually, high-quality VPS hosts are capable of avoiding these problems.
  3. Need for some technical knowledge. To get the most from VPS it is advised to have at least above average IT skills. For example, terms like “Apache”, “MySQL”, and “Bash commands” should be familiar.

Difference Between VPN and VPS

By now it is quite clear that juxtaposing VPN and VPS is like comparing apples and oranges.

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