A Relationship Through Common Intent: Crypto and VPNs Along with Opera Browser
Blockchain has fast spread into public consciousness. At a recent team meeting, this writer got into a discussion on setting up an MPLS [ Multi-Protocol Label Switching] network. This led to a fascinating conversation about VPNs [Virtual Private Network].
As internet usage has increased people have increasingly turned to VPNs, mainly for security and privacy. And this has been a central guiding principle of Cryptos as well; security through anonymity in transactions. VPNs use of the internet to overlay it with direct lines of communications between various networks has been a building block for how Blockchain is used to transmit cryptocurrencies from one wallet to the other.
A VPN is a good way to mask one's location, something extremely handy in certain countries where governments step into censor content or are actively monitoring internet usage. In that sense, Cryptos too are ideal for use when there is too much government interference or the stability of the fiat currency is in question.
Yet the ongoing uncertainty around the status of Cryptos has led to a divergence of paths. Recently browsers such as Opera have introduced their inbuilt VPNs. Not only do they not support digital asset transactions, their script actively blocks any attempt at crypto mining. in this, it is hard to blame the browser as there have been so many attacks on unsuspecting users, where their computer has been hacked and its computing power harnessed for mining, without their knowledge.
Still, due to this VPNs have long favored cryptocurrencies as respect for privacy is a core aspect of both industries. One can only hope that this cordial relationship continues to grow and blossom.