The social/legal and technical aspects are the two main features to look at when thinking about the future of VPN. Many believe that the social and legal issues will become an even bigger challenge for internet users in the future. Some countries including the USA are currently taking apart net objectivity with potentially dreadful consequences for users.
It is also believed that the use of VPN may become a necessity. This even so for the most simple tasks such as making sure users have easy access to favorable content at best possible speeds. In countries such as Turkey, Iran, and China the use of VPNs are already forbidden or highly restricted. In these countries, only government approved VPNs are permitted.
It is for this reason that it is essential VPN providers not register in countries where this is already a problem. Or in countries where it could be a problem in the future. This includes countries such as the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia where there is reasonable fear that traffic will be intercepted, monitored and logged. In these countries, copyright violations are punished rather severely.
Some VPN companies avoid that by registering in territories where the USA and EU laws do not apply. In these countries, data protection laws are relatively high. The technical aspect of this is the responsibility of the VPN provider, and they must first ensure the security and anonymity of their users. Many VPN providers do not take this very seriously by checking the small print in their terms of service. Users may often find that their session data, including IP addresses and timestamps, are logged which makes it easy to identify users in retrospect.
Some providers do not log any IP addresses, traffic or timestamps. They also do not retain any other data that would allow the de-anonymization of their users. Best practice includes running dedicated servers where no user data is ever stored on disk. But there is more to the technical side than just security. It is also about the features and functionality.
Some of the extra features users should add to their checklist includes cascaded connections through up to four different VPN services. This will prove extra security in the unlikely case one data center is compromised. Another feature should be a TrackStop filter which blocks ads, phishing, and malware content on all devices.
Also to consider is AI-based routing. This means that user’s connections will be routed depending on where he is connecting to. The connection will route the traffic from the VPN network to the VPN server closest to the destination server. This works for all connections independently. And it means that if a user visits a website hosted in Japan it will most likely be that a Tokyo location will be used as exit a server.
Not only does that guarantee the lowest possible latency or ping response time but it also makes sure that all traffic remains within the VPN network for as long as possible. An amazing feature of this is that a user will have different IPs on different websites. This will, in turn, make it much more difficult to track a specific user.
In the future VPN will remain a necessary tool for many users. With that being said advances in technology and computing power allow for various features that will distinguish cheap providers from the ones with premium features and functionality.