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What is the difference between a VPS and a VPN

What is a VPS?
A VPS is a virtual server - in our case, it is optimized for traders in the financial markets.
It offers low latency, stable connectivity, and 24/7 availability for fast trade execution.
Traders can install their trading platforms and algorithms on the VPS for secure and efficient trading.

What is VPN?
A VPN is a secure connection that encrypts internet traffic, anonymizing user identity and enhancing online privacy.
It allows users to access the internet from a remote server's location, bypassing geo-restrictions.
VPNs are commonly used for secure remote access to private networks or when using public Wi-Fi.

In summary, these are 2 very different technologies. A VPS is a server specifically tailored for traders, providing optimized performance for financial markets. A VPN, on the other hand, is a tunnel. It focuses on data security, online privacy, and remote network access for various internet activities.

Reasons why it is NOT recommended to connect to a VPN before connecting to a VPS
Connecting to a VPN before connecting to a VPS might introduce some potential issues or complications, depending on the specific setup and requirements. Here are a few considerations:

Performance Impact: Using a VPN can introduce additional latency due to the extra encryption and routing processes. This could affect the speed and responsiveness of your connection to the VPS, especially for time-sensitive activities like trading.

IP Conflict: Some VPS providers may require you to connect directly from your IP address without going through a VPN, as a security measure. Using a VPN might lead to an IP conflict, preventing you from accessing the VPS.

Firewall and Access Restrictions: Some VPS providers have strict firewall rules or access controls. When connecting via a VPN, your IP address may not be recognized, and you might encounter difficulties accessing the VPS.

Trustworthiness of VPN Provider: The security and privacy of your connection depend on the reliability and trustworthiness of the VPN service provider. Using an untrustworthy or poorly configured VPN could potentially expose your data to risks.

Issues with RDP: Connecting to a VPN before accessing a VPS involves tunneling, where the VPN establishes a secure and encrypted "tunnel" between your local device and its server. This tunnel ensures the confidentiality and protection of all data transmitted between your device and the VPN server. However, if the VPN is not configured properly, it could lead to a lost Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection to the VPS. Such an issue might arise due to the VPN server not permitting traffic to pass through to the VPS or due to conflicting network settings between the VPN and VPS. Consequently, your RDP connection may fail, preventing you from accessing the VPS as intended. Use a VPN at your own risk - if you decide to do so, it is crucial to set up the VPN and VPS configurations correctly and ensure they are compatible with each other.

Updated on: 24/07/2023

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