SSH VS VPN Which is the best?


The main difference between an SSH and a VPN is that an SSH works on an application level, while a VPN protects all of your internet data. In the SSH vs. VPN debate, the latter is more secure and easier to set up.

SSH

Pros

  • Easier to set up on a server level;
  • Encrypts your data and can protect you from attacks like DNS or IP address spoofing, IP source rooting, and data theft;
  • Easier hosting control. As SSH supports remote server control, webmasters prefer SSH as a way to manage accounts on web servers;
  • Easy permission and password sharing management.

Cons

  • Difficult to set up for inexperienced users;
  • Encrypts applications rather than the whole traffic coming from your device. That means you have to configure each application separately for the SSH tunnel. A VPN, on the other hand, will automatically assure that all your traffic is encrypted so you don’t need to set up encryption for specific apps.

VPN

Pros

  • A VPN automatically encrypts all the traffic coming from your device or the whole network (if you implement it on the router level);
  • Premium VPN services allow you to easily choose a server from a wide range of locations worldwide. So you can easily change your virtual location by connecting to one of those;
  • VPNs are accessible to inexperienced users. A good VPN can change your IP and encrypt your traffic with a single click. NordVPN also has the handy Quick Connect button, which automatically finds the best server for you;
  • Legitimate companies operate premium VPNs, so there is more transparency, and you usually have customer service in case you need assistance.

Cons

  • Harder to set up on a server level;
  • Some free VPNs are unreliable. They can collect your data, pass it to advertisers or other third parties, and may not provide strong encryption.

Conclusion

While SSH tunneling has some benefits, a VPN clearly wins for an average user. Premium services like NordVPN offer high-quality encryption, accessibility, and a wide range of servers.


source : https://nordvpn.com/blog/ssh-vs-vpn/

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