Scott Jones

BSc Computing (Computer Networks and Cybersecurity)

Project Title:  A Comprehensive Guide to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

Project Description

In a world where technology is constantly getting more advanced, and the internet is virtually everywhere, online security is something that most users take for granted. It is almost as if it is expected when browsing the internet, but the truth is it is very easy for your average user to be exploited if they are not being careful in what they are doing.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) grant the users much more privacy and safety whilst browsing the internet. However, this usually comes at a cost. Most VPNs offer a free and paid subscription. The free usually has a number of drawbacks, including internet speed, data usage etc.

This project covers how much a VPN affects the users internet speed, connecting to three servers across the world on four different VPNs. This was achieved by using internet speed tests whilst being connected to the VPNs. These tests were run three times each, and the average was taken for each.

I have always been interested in computers and cyber security. This is the career path I would like to go down.

UWTSD was one of the only universities that offered Cyber Security, it is also very local to me.

My long-term goal is to work in Government Agencies in Cyber Security, the original plan was to do a Masters. But after the course my new plan is to apply for a job in Computer Networking.

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