5 min readSep 1, 2022

Because of the increasing incidents of internet censorship and unethical data gathering methods around the world, private browsing tools are becoming increasingly important. Authoritarian governments in several parts of the world are imposing differing degrees of Internet censorship.

On the one side, we see full-scale Internet service disruptions in locations like Belarus and Hong Kong to quell anti-establishment rallies. In nations such as India and the United States, however, country-specific smartphone apps (such as TikTok) are being targeted for banning. Whatever the political rationale for such measures, citizens lose their ability to use and enjoy the Internet in all of its grandeur.

Not only are federal government agencies to fault; social media companies are also contributing to the Internet mess by engaging in risky and immoral data-sharing activities.

Corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Instagram store and process our data using cutting-edge big data algorithms in order to serve us customized ads. Worse, these sites are being used to disseminate political propaganda, frequently through lies and misinformation, using the same strategies!

VPN: The Privacy Tool of the 21st Century

Virtual private network (VPN) services are simple to use and perform admirably. While these VPN apps provide security from outside threats, it’s often a case of “Who Watches The Watchmen?”

VPN firms are centralized businesses that have complete control over their own servers and egress points. To keep the user’s browsing data private, most VPN services employ established protocols like OpenVPN and Internet Key Exchange v2/IPsec. The VPN exit node, on the other hand, has the ability to log the user’s transferred data, visited websites, and even IP address if it so chooses. Although most VPN services promise not to, no one can be certain.

Some VPN services also monetize their users’ data by selling it to other companies. Through contact information or fiat payment details, the VPN provider may have access to the user’s identifying data. While it may not be a significant issue for most users, it may be an unwarranted danger for others.

VPN providers don’t have to use unethical techniques all of the time; even with the greatest of intentions, data leakage can occur. Human callousness could lead to data breaches in various instances. The VPN application’s centralized design introduces flaws and failure spots.

Decentralized VPN: The Next Evolutionary Step

Decentralized VPN (or dVPN) systems can now be implemented because to the development of blockchain technology. dVPN networks have a similar design to Tor, a global P2P (peer to peer) network of network nodes managed by volunteers.

The nodes are not run or maintained by a centralized authority. Individuals or a group of like-minded persons run nodes in order to split the expense (and profit). The responsibility for maintaining the node falls fully on the shoulders of the node owners.

Because dVPN networks are peer-to-peer, nodes can price their services according to supply and demand. Nodes typically give their extra bandwidth to dVPN users in exchange for cryptocurrency. Pay-per-use models allow users to pay only for the bandwidth they use. Users do not need to pay a time-based subscription cost, unlike centralized VPN providers.

The distributed architecture of dVPN eliminates any potential of centralized data collection or logging, making them more trustworthy (or untrustworthy) than their centralized counterparts. Furthermore, like with other P2P networks, the more nodes in the network, the more secure, robust, and stronger it gets.

Sentinel dVPN

Sentinel dVPN has built a well-decentralized VPN Network that would help be a future solution for users and end the problems associated with the centralised VPN Network, where providers intentionally slow down your internet or charge the highest prices for higher speeds, thanks to the release of the Cosmos IBC, which allows for cross-chain interoperability.

Sentinel uses Blockchain technology to integrate decentralized VPNs with Blockchain technology to give crypto users more privacy. The sentinel ecosystem’s major purpose is to decentralize the VPN market and introduce dVPNs so that users can securely access the internet.

This goal is accomplished through launching and maintaining a single mainstream consumer-facing program (Sentinel dVPNs), as well as building and then developing a framework that might be used to build a network of independently operated decentralized VPNs. The Sentinel Ecosystem has addressed the following three major difficulties with the centralised VPN network:

1) dVPN Application Development Costs and Process: Sentinel provides cross-platform dVPN clients that are scalable, secure, and versatile.

2) Node Management and DMCA Request Handling: The Sentinel ecosystem has lifted the duty of exit-node management from organizations building under the Sentinel shell, allowing VPN app owners to sign service contracts and set quality standards with node hosts in the Sentinel ecosystem.

3) Security Threats and Hacker Risks: The rate of security exposure not only puts users at risk of data exploitation, but it can also create a huge lack of credibility in Centralised VPN Organizations, affecting revenue. Sentinel dVPN greatly reduces the risk of security exposure by providing tools and infrastructure to build and operate a strong dVPNs network, giving users access to the internet in a secure manner.

4) Efficient Payment Method: Sentinel dVPNs has developed a payment structure that allows customers to make purchases using fiat-based payment methods such as Visa/MasterCard, Apple Pay, Google Play Store, and E-Wallets (PayPal, Skrill, and others), as well as crypto-related payment methods.

Sentinel dVPNs ensures perfect anonymity because it does not require the user’s personal information. Anyone can run a provider node in Sentinel, which securely routes Internet data. Sentinel is also working on real-time routing strategies that would speed up browsing for users as compared to a standard Internet connection, especially when the network is busy.

Sentinel believes that everyone should have unrestricted access to the Internet. Sentinel’s dVPNs comes as near to Tor’s anonymity as possible, without the speed concerns that Tor users are familiar with.

Join us as we work to liberate the internet.

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