As we all know, in India we have got a new law on VPNs. And in this blog, we are going to study it but before going to the main topic, let’s find out what VPN is. A VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It protects your information while you are on the internet. The VPN masks your IP address on your device, and it protects you from hackers, government agencies, etc.
VPNs give an additional layer of encryption to your data, reducing the possibility of someone listening in on your conversations or intercepting confidential information. Corporates use them to allow employees to remotely log in to their work systems, without having to risk any sort of compromises. Many streaming platforms are not available in every country, but you can access them using a virtual private network (or VPN). You may access regionally prohibited material from anywhere in the globe using a VPN. This means all your data traffic is routed through an encrypted virtual tunnel.
What is the main advantage of using an India VPN, particularly for online transactions?
“VPNs mask your location and IP address when sharing an open network. They add an extra layer of encryption to your data, making it less likely that someone would listen in on your conversations or steal crucial information like login credentials or passwords. As a consequence, accessing your bank account using public Wi-Fi is quite safe.
What are the new VPN rules in India?
India’s cybersecurity watchdog, CERT-In, issued a law on April 28th, 2022. All the VPN companies operating in India should store user data like contact numbers, addresses, and IP addresses for five years.
Is this law safe?
The law is not safe and not risky either, because it has many pros and cons. Because first let’s discuss why we use a VPN.
- Most Indians use VPNs to visit porn sites.
- We use it to download content that is not available in our region.
- We use it to watch movies or series which are not available in our region.
- Some use it to stay secure on the internet.
- Some use it for unethical purposes.
and many more purposes, but this is the most common reason people use VPNs in India.
Pros of the law:-
- This can help the government track down users who are doing unethical things on the internet.
- The government will get help to keep a watch on the dark web traffic.
- Online scams will be reduced.
- It will help the government to trace unethical hackers.
These are the major pros of the law.
Cons of the law:-
- The privacy of the user will not remain private.
- VPN companies can use that data for marketing purposes by selling user data.
- If there is a breach in the VPN company, all of the users will be at risk from the hackers.
(You will get a doubt about how a VPN company can get hacked, which protects others from getting hacked. So, there is a rule on the internet that says, “Anything that is on the internet or computerized can be hacked.” You can read a dedicated blog on this by clicking here.)
- You can be traced if you visit any banned sites.
How will the new law affect users?
Though it is unknown how the Centre intends to utilize the VPN data, the decision will make it simpler for law enforcement to follow criminals who use VPNs to mask their digital presence. However, the data of users may be easily overlooked by government agencies in their efforts to stifle opposition. VPNs have historically proved critical in regimes that want to repress dissent. Dissidents can remain secure by spoofing their location via VPNs. Furthermore, the government can take action against people who use VPNs to access content that is illegal in India, like the game PUBG Mobile.
The new VPN law in India will help in many ways just an issue is the privacy because people use VPNs to get privacy and if there is nothing private in VPN normal users will stop using it and people who use it to watch shows and movies will continue and people who use it to do unethical things are in trouble.
If you are not doing any wrong thing on the internet then you are safe.