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I don't think it's a secret to anyone that internet service providers collaborate with security agencies and keep logs. However, until you actually engage in unlawful activities on the internet, no one will monitor you. In today's article, you will learn what an internet service provider sees when you use a VPN.

Why Do You Need a VPN?

Most people connect to a VPN to secure their connection. But let's find out what your internet service provider sees when you connect to a virtual private network.

What the provider will see during a VPN connection:
  • The provider will see the connection to the VPN server, but it won't know what you're specifically doing on the network because the information will be encrypted.
  • The provider can see data being sent from the user to the VPN server, but it won't be able to trace the further route of data packets.
  • The provider will be able to see the volume of received and sent information but not its content.
  • Connection time: the provider will see when you connected to the internet and disconnected.
  • VPN protocols and ports: the provider will understand that a VPN is being used since the ports and protocols characteristic of virtual private networks will be in use.

Naturally, a VPN doesn't guarantee 100% anonymity on the network, but it provides a high level of protection and privacy. The provider can understand that you are using a VPN, but it won't be able to trace what you are doing, where you are going, what you are downloading, and so on.

It's important to understand that the provider doesn't store all the traffic but redirects it to the SORM servers (technical means of operational investigative activities), which are under the control of the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, due to the high volume of traffic, it can be assumed that the data retention period on these servers is not very long.


Your internet service provider knows when you are using a VPN. However, it doesn't know the websites you are visiting or what you are specifically doing on the network. Therefore, using a VPN is an excellent way to prevent your internet service provider from monitoring your online activity.

That's it. I hope you enjoyed the article, and the information was useful to you.