‘VPNs may soon be banned in Russia’

‘VPNs may soon be banned in Russia’

It may become a lot more difficult for critical Russians in the near future to follow the latest news. The Kremlin is considering banning the use of a VPN. “Then you are quite isolated as a critical Russian.”

That is what Russia expert Hubert Smeets says to BNR.

Here’s what you need to know about your IP address and a VPN

You can see your IP address as a kind of virtual postal address. When you visit a website, it sees exactly where you come from based on your IP address. This has various risks and drawbacks. For starters, you may not be able to visit the site to read, for example, the latest news from independent media. Because your IP address reveals your location, you are less anonymous on the internet.

In addition, a static IP address – an IP address assigned by your provider – makes it possible to monitor all your activities on the internet. An intelligence agency or other government agency can, in theory at least, sneak a peek over your shoulder and check exactly what you’re up to on the World Wide Web. In some countries, your browsing history can get you in serious trouble. Think of countries with an authoritarian regime where the government keeps a close eye on dissidents, human rights activists, lawyers or critical journalists.

To protect yourself against these dangers, you have to rely on a VPN. A Virtual Private Network or VPN is a tool that establishes an encrypted connection between your computer and the internet.

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