Many people have more than one virtual private network (VPN) account. Life can become complicated when using multiple VPNs simultaneously, especially if you frequently change locations.
What happens if you’re on Netflix in the United Kingdom (UK) and you try to connect to a US-based VPN to unblock US content? Does the UK VPN work with the US VPN? Do you get any errors?
These are questions that may pop up in your head if you’ve decided to try using two or more different VPNs at the same time. In this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of connecting two or more VPNs in tandem. We’ll cover the benefits and drawbacks of this setup and suggest some alternative methods for those seeking to use two VPNs or more.
Why Use More Than One VPN At A Time?
There are various benefits to using multiple VPNs at the same time, especially if you’re in different countries. Your IP address can change frequently when connecting to a VPN, allowing you to access content that you wouldn’t be able to normally. With more than one VPN account tied to your device, you can also benefit from the security of multiple VPNs working together. When selecting a VPN to use, make sure that you’re aware of how the encryption and security of the network works so that you can properly assess its overall security.
Some VPNs are open source, which means that you have control over the very code that powers the VPN’s algorithms and protocols. With open-source VPNs, you may be able to assess the level of security more accurately and, if necessary, upgrade the software to improve the overall security of the network. Of course, this raises the question of whether or not you should upgrade the software at all. The answer is usually determined by the specific needs and requirements of each user. People in different countries may have different requirements when it comes to VPNs and choosing the right software for the location.
Be Careful What You Download
While using a VPN is typically a safe and secure way to access content, you should always be careful about what type of content and services you access through a VPN. Many VPNs are designed to conceal your identity while accessing online services and content that you wouldn’t normally have access to. This anonymity can be both liberating and helpful, but it also has its drawbacks.
For example, if you’re not careful about what kind of content you access through a VPN, you may end up with something on your computer or mobile device that you weren’t meant to have. The best approach is to use a VPN for exactly what it’s designed for, which is accessing secure and uncensored content where you need or want it, and otherwise avoid using it for other purposes.
How To Use Two VPNs Simultaneously
Once you’ve decided to give dual VPNs a try, the next step is to decide how you want to set them up. There are various options when using two VPNs simultaneously, and the setup can become rather complicated. Your choices are:
- Host file method: Use one VPN for internal network traffic and the other for external network traffic.
- SOCKS5 proxy method: Use one VPN to connect to the target server and the other to retrieve content from the server.
- DNS proxy method: Use one VPN to connect to the target server and the other to resolve host names.
The most basic and least complicated method of using two VPNs is the host file method. With this method, you simply need to make sure that you’ve set up your VPNs to communicate with each other and that they’re both connected to the same internal network. You’ll then need to manually configure your device to use the internal VPN when connecting to the internet and the external VPN when connecting to the intranet.
The SOCKS5 proxy method is another option that makes it easy to use two VPNs. With this method, you’ll need to set up one VPN to be the server and, when connecting to websites, point your browser to the IP address of the server. When connecting to the intranet, you’ll need to use the other VPN.
DNS proxy is a third option, which allows you to fully automate the configuration of your device without having to manually configure your web browser. With this method, you can have your device automatically connect to a VPN when it starts up and, when using the internet, automatically use the VPN to connect to the desired website, effectively giving you two VPNs for the price of one. You may also need to manually configure your device to use a specific VPN when connecting to the internet and another when connecting to the intranet.
The first and most basic step is to make sure that your device is running the right version of software. You’ll need to have two or more VPNs tied to your device, and you’ll need to be running the latest version of the software. If you don’t have the latest version of the software, it’s usually a safe bet to assume that you’re running an outdated and vulnerable copy, which could lead to all sorts of security issues. Updating your software can be a tedious process, especially if you have a lot of connected devices, so it’s worth thinking about whether or not you actually need to update your devices.
Secure And Private
There are many benefits to using multiple VPNs, and one of the main benefits is the security and privacy that you gain by adding additional layers of security. While it’s always a good idea to be safe and secure when accessing private and personal information, adding more than one layer of security usually means that you’re taking an extra step to ensure the safety and privacy of your data. The more layers of security you have, the more potential there is for you to secure your data against any type of intrusion.
VPNs can also be used to encrypt and decrypt data as it passes across a network. This feature makes VPNs ideal for businesses, especially small businesses that store sensitive and/or proprietary information on their networks.
Two Is Better Than One
If there’s one thing that experience has taught us, it’s that always (or nearly always) preferring multiple options when dealing with complicated situations is the best approach. As we established at the start of this article, using multiple VPNs at the same time is a complicated process that involves getting two or more VPNs set up and then configuring your device to use them both. The fewer steps you have to take, the less likely you are to make a mistake and, as a result, the less likely you are to experience errors or complications. Better to do nothing than to do something incorrectly.
Those who prefer simplicity will always have a clear favorite among the three setups we discussed, but for those seeking security and privacy, using two VPNs simultaneously is clearly the way to go.