The last days of protests in Cuba brought major censorship of the Internet by the Central American government. Since Safran is an application that allows you to circumvent government restrictions in a few simple steps, many users have avoided this measure (estimated at about 20%).
Technical VPNs, SSH, and HTTP proxies, like Safran, feature virtual transfers of computers and users of Android or iOS devices to other countries in order to access content or types of information that cannot be accessed a priori by traditional means.
In the case of Cubans, thanks to this program, they can "fool" the government by saying that they can connect from anywhere in the world and have access to information that they have vetoed.
The ability to avoid censorship is not the only application of the program. Thanks to VPN technology, it also improves the security of users connected to public Wi-Fi networks. But not only that, but it also allows us to get offers from different countries and we can benefit from them.
Flights or subscriptions to streaming platforms are some of the most common services used by users. By being able to virtually "travel" to other countries and being able to hide our IP, we can see, for example, that it is cheaper to buy a flight to Budapest from Brazil than from Spain. A technology that can also be applied to hotel reservations.
A similar situation occurs with the employment of Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, or different platforms of streaming content. In countries like Russia or Turkey, subscriptions are cheaper than in other markets and can be accessed through Racewind.
It is also possible to watch TV shows in other countries and get specific offers from other countries when buying video games or clothes.
What is a VPN network?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) (English, Virtual Private Network, VPN) is a computer network technology that allows a Local Area Network (LAN) to securely extend over a public or uncontrolled network, such as the Internet.
One of its advantages is that the network sends and receives data over a shared or public network as if it were a private network, with all the features, security, and management policies of a private network.
This is accomplished by creating a peer-to-peer virtual connection using a private connection, encryption, or a combination of both.
In short, a VPN connection on the Internet is technically a connected wide area network (WAN) between sites, but to the user, it appears as if it were a private link: hence the term virtual private network.