Is it legal to use a VPN? I know some computer experts who laugh at such a question, but I think it’s a very important question to ask.
At its core, a VPN or “Virtual Private Network” is just an encrypted way to access the internet. You would agree that everybody is allowed to put a lock on their door or a password protection on their computer, right?
Well then why would it be illegal to protect your internet access with a VPN? If you’re accessing this website from the United States, Europe, Australia or about roughly 70% of the world, a VPN is absolutely, unequivocally, 100%, legal.
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Despite any perceptions you might have otherwise, there is nothing wrong with using a personal VPN to access the internet. In fact, I highly recommend you do.
Is VPN Legal in Nepal?
Yes VPN is legal in Nepal While our Nepalese government is not known to monitor online activity, there has been little doubt about its intention to censor citizens activities online. In 2016 Nepal introduces repressive directives for online media. The use of VPNs is yet to be outlawed in the country.
When is Using a VPN Illegal?
There are two points I’m going to mention here.
1) What you do with a VPN can be illegal. Think of it like driving a car. Of course, driving a car is legal! But what about using that car as a getaway vehicle for an armed robbery? You get my point?
In the same way, using a legal VPN to illegally download music and movies is, well illegal. That makes sense, right?
2) There’s one more instance where the legality of a VPN is somewhat questionable, and that’s in countries where internet is strictly controlled. Big brother is always watching.
Think China or Saudi Arabia. Both of these countries have governments which tightly restrict internet access and the use of a VPN to circumvent those restrictions can be considered an anti-government act. Now that’s not to say that people don’t use VPNs there. In fact, it’s quite common for foreigners living in those countries to subscribe to a VPN service. For the local people, though, it can be a illegal thing to use a VPN.