How a VPN Tunnel Works

How it Works



Private Internet Access provides state of the art, multi-layered security with advanced privacy protection using VPN tunneling. Please click on the Security Layers found in the right column to learn more about each individual layer.

Our services have been designed from the ground up to be able to operate using built-in technology pre-existing in your computer or smartphone device. The services operate at the TCP/IP interface level, which means all of your applications will be secured, not just your web browser.

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VPN Tunnel

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Security Layers

  1. IP Cloaking
  2. Encryption
  3. Firewall
  4. Identity Protection
  5. Uncensored Access

Technologies

  1. PPTP
  2. OpenVPN
  3. IPSEC/L2TP
  4. SOCKS5 (Proxy)

OS Compatibility

  1. Windows 8
  2. Windows 7
  3. Windows Vista
  4. Windows XP/2k3
  5. Windows NT/2k
  6. Mac OS X 10.9
  7. Mac OS X 10.8
  8. Mac OS X 10.7
  9. Mac OS X 10.6
  10. Mac OS X 10.5
  11. Mac OS X 10.4
  12. UNIX/Linux
  13. iPad PPTP
  14. iPad IPSEC/L2TP
  15. iPhone/iTouch PPTP
  16. iPhone/iTouch IPSEC/L2TP
  17. Android PPTP (2.3.4)
  18. Android IPSEC/L2TP
  19. Android OpenVPN (root)
  20. DD-WRT PPTP
  21. DD-WRT OpenVPN
  22. Tomato OpenVPN
  23. PfSense OpenVPN

Gateways

  1. Gigabit
  2. US - East
  3. US - Midwest
  4. US - West
  5. US - Texas
  6. US - California
  7. US - Florida
  8. Canada
  9. Canada (Toronto)
  10. UK (London)
  11. UK (Southampton)
  12. Switzerland
  13. Netherlands
  14. Sweden
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Romania
  18. Hong Kong

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Your Public Information

  • 54.81.81.91
  • Ashburn
  • Virginia
  • United States

Hide your IP to block unwanted exposure and data leaks
Our IP cloak masks your real IP address with one of our anonymous IP addresses, effectively keeping websites and internet services from tracking your webbrowsing habits, monitoring what you search for, and discovering your geographic location.

After establishing a secure connection to our security layer, you will be issued a new U.S. based IP address which will substitute a different location.
SSL VPN Encryption
Defend yourself from data monitoring and eavesdropping
Several, easy to use and readily available software1 packages that allow spammers and criminals to intercept your data exist, with more emerging daily. It is becoming increasingly simpler to hijack and steal data and information from insecure connections. If you access the internet through public wifi hotspots, shared internet routers, or even through your very own provider, your data, files and privacy may be at risk.

Our service utilizes high grade encryption based on the cryptographically secure Blowfish CBC algorithm. This is used in conjunction with the OpenVPN protocol and is able to secure your data transmissions.

These state of the art technologies are based on high level cryptographic formulas which are used by organizations operating at the highest risk. Rest assured, with Private Internet Access you are safe and secure, even in the most insecure and dangerous hotspots and networks.

We also offer IPSec/L2TP, PPTP and SOCKS5 technologies.

1 Firesheep, Ethereal, kismet and wireshark are just a few of the several readily available free applications that allow data snoopers to potentially gain unauthorized access to your accounts, pictures, messages, and more.
VPN Firewall
Block unwanted connections
Integrating the advanced firewall and filtering capabilities of the Netfilter Project, you will never receive any unwanted connections to your computer or smart phone. This server-grade filtering software delivers optimal performance and keeps all network intrusions out.

With our network and server grade firewall, the only openings to the outside internet will only be those that you created. Keep the doors closed to strangers.
Browse Anonymously
Browse anonymously
If your identity puts you at risk, anonymous browsing and posting anonymously on forums are of critical importance. Avoid becoming exposed.

Additionally, anonymous browsing helps prevent data mining which keeps your data and identity secret. Privacy is very important in this era when websites are able to paint clear pictures of who you are and learn which websites you visit very easily with publicly available information.
Unblock websites
Unrestricted US, UK, NL, CA, Romania, Germany, France, Sweden and Swiss based Internet Services
Our VPN services provide unrestricted and uncensored access to the complete internet. If you are blocked by strict censorships by your ISP or firewall, this service will bypass the censorships and firewall, effectively providing you unrestricted access via a United States based IP address. In addition, our Swiss gateways provide the strongest levels of privacy available.

In addition, any blocked software by your ISP including Voice over IP, P2P and other various software applications will be unblocked and unrestricted on our systems. We also provide full and complete access to your favorite website and video streams, including Hulu, iPlayer by BBC, Demand5, Youtube and Facebook.