VPN ban in India: Here’s all you need to know about it

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has asked the government to block VPNs (virtual private networks) in India labeling them as cyber threats.

Here is what the Ministry of Home Affairs said in its report:

1. VPN services are being used to bypass cybersecurity walls, allowing criminals to remain anonymous online.

2. Technological challenges posed by VPN services and Dark Web are hampering cybersecurity of the country.
3. VPNs can easily be downloaded, as also many websites are providing such facilities for free.

4. The Government will come up with a plan to identify and permanently block such VPNs with the help of internet service providers (ISP).

5. The Centre will take initiatives to strengthen the tracking and surveillance mechanisms to put a check on the use of VPN and the dark web.

VPNs or virtual private networks are actually quite useful for internet users. They are used by most companies in India to secure their digital assets and actually avoid cyber attacks. VPNs were also of huge help over the lockdown as they facilitated seamless internet and access to private networks without issues in work-from-home situations.

VPN services encrypt data and hide the IP address. This allows people to check blocked sites. VPN services also help hide one’s online identity, even on public Wi-Fi networks which is a helpful security feature to have as it can keep hackers at bay.