US Senator pushes government to stop using old VPN tech and use WireGuard
VPNs have played a pivotal role in today’s age, allowing users to bypass geographical restrictions and keep their data relatively secure from prying eyes. While the use of a VPN is recommended against not using one at all when dealing with important information, some of the most popular VPNs have their own set of problems that make them a flawed choice despite their popularity.
Popular VPN solutions on Android such as OpenVPN and IPsec are extremely complex, making auditing these open source solutions difficult. OpenVPN also lines in userspace, making it quite slow, since every packet must be copied several times and incur several context switches.
WireGuard VPN, however, is emerging as the more practical choice when it comes to VPN technology, offering ease-of-use, updated cryptography, and easier auditability. It also runs inside the Linux kernel and has received an endorsement from Linux kernel’s stable maintainer, Greg KH. The lead developer of WireGuard, Jason Donenfeld, also known as XDA Recognized Developer zx2c4, is also hoping to have WireGuard integrated into the mainline Linux kernel at the next available merge window. The WireGuard port for Android is also working on all Android devices, and the ports for macOS, FreeBSD, and OpenBSD are also in good shape. The Windows port is also making good progress.
|US Senator pushes government to stop using old VPN tech and use WireGuard
US Senator Ron Wyden wrote an open letter to NIST to discourage use of older VPN tech like OpenVPN and IPsec, and use WireGuard instead.