VPN and video conferencing: using together or not?

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Restriction of freedom on the Internet, when access to certain resources is blocked, has contributed significantly to the popularity of VPN. VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a technology that spoofs your location on the Internet and helps to preserve confidentiality.

How VPN works

When you go online on the Internet, you certainly use the services of an Internet connection provider. This provider has got access to all information about your actions, e.g., websites visited, files downloaded, etc. When you enable VPN, the specialized service establishes an encrypted connection over your main Internet link. All of your online sessions will still go through your provider, but it will no longer be able to track you. Your real IP address will be hidden.

VPN helps to preserve your confidentiality, as the provider is no longer able to track that namely you visited some certain website or downloaded any files. Moreover, with the help of VPN it is possible to spoof your location. As an example, you can go online with a German IP address, while still enjoying the sun on a sandy beach in Thailand.

VPN and video conferencing

Some attendees keep asking us if the video conferencing is going to work fine with the VPN enabled.

In most cases, the answer is “Yes.” Yet, we recommend using paid VPN services, e.g., NordVPN, Surfshack and ExpressVPN. They ensure good data transmission speed and work adequately with streaming services, which webinar platforms are.

Free VPN services can slow down your Internet experience, especially when it comes to holding or attending a video conferencing. Moreover, if your Internet connection speed is slow, it would be better not to use any VPN in that case.

VPN built into Opera

The Opera web browser has got its own inbuilt VPN service that blocks WebRTC, which is a technology for video and audio transmission. Many video conferencing platforms use WebRTC. If this technology is blocked on your side, you will not be able to use the videoconferencing in full. To enable WebRTC operation in conjunction with VPN, you could go into the web browser settings and, in the Privacy&Security tab activate the option ”Use any suitable network interface.”

Summary

VPN allows for encrypting your connection and keep confidentiality online. When you use paid services, it will not impact your online experience in any way, including video conferencing. In case you encounter issues – when attendees do not see or hear you – just disable your VPN.

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