What is GoDaddy Real User Metrics (RUM)?

If you’re here, you may have read that GoDaddy is sneakily injecting JavaScript into your website. Very sketchy!

Recently, website owners who use GoDaddy for web hosting have been complaining of poor performance and slow load times. GoDaddy’s new Real User Metrics (or RUM as they call it) is likely the issue.

GoDaddy says their goal is to provide their customers with high performing products. That sounds great. But, GoDaddy has decided to inject javascript code in to their customers websites which certainly won’t make a website higher performing!

All GoDaddy customers in the United States using their cPanel Shared Hosting or cPnale Business Hosting are opted-in to provide RUM data by default.

The VPN Guy recommends opting out of RUM immediately — and switching hosting providers while you’re at it.

How do I opt out of GoDaddy RUM metrics?

GoDaddy has a hidden guide on how to opt out of RUM on their website. They don’t make it easy to find, so here are the steps:

  1. Access your cPanel hosting account by going to myh.godaddy.com, logging in, and clicking on the hosting account that you want to opt out of RUM.
  2. Click the … button, and then Help us.
  3. Click Opt Out.

Once you click the Opt Out button, GoDaddy’s javascript snippet should be removed from your website and you should notice restored performance.

Are VPNs safe to use?

For the most part, you can assume… Yes. VPNs are safe to use. There are a few important things to keep in mind before using one, however.

The best VPN services hide your IP address and also encrypt your connection. If that is what you’re looking to accomplish, you’re all set.

What countries ban VPNs?

If you live in a country that bans using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), it is important to know that it is illegal and that means it’s probably not safe to use. While VPNs are perfectly legal in the United States, Canada, and other countries, the status can vary in others. The legality of VPNs in the following countries is questionable:

  • China
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • The United Arab Emirates

If you live in one of the countries listed above, The VPN Guy doesn’t recommend using a VPN. After all, it’s illegal.

What is a Virtual Private Network?

A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across a VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.

VPN technology was developed to allow remote users and branch offices to access corporate applications and resources. To ensure security, the private network connection is established using an encrypted layered tunneling protocol and VPN users use authentication methods, including passwords or certificates, to gain access to the VPN. In other applications, Internet users may secure their transactions with a VPN, to circumvent geo-restrictions and censorship, or to connect to proxy serversto protect personal identity and location to stay anonymous on the Internet. However, some Internet sites block access to known VPN technology to prevent the circumvention of their georestrictions, and many VPN providers have been developing strategies to get around these roadblocks.

A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption. A VPN available from the public Internet can provide some of the benefits of a wide area network (WAN). From a user perspective, the resources available within the private network can be accessed remotely.

Types of VPNs

Early data networks allowed VPN-style connections to remote sites through dial-up modem or through leased line connections utilizing Frame Relay and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) virtual circuits, provided through networks owned and operated by telecommunication carriers. These networks are not considered true VPNs because they passively secure the data being transmitted by the creation of logical data streams. They have been replaced by VPNs based on IP and IP/Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Networks, due to significant cost-reductions and increased bandwidth provided by new technologies such as digital subscriber line (DSL) and fiber-optic networks.

VPNs can be either remote-access (connecting a computer to a network) or site-to-site (connecting two networks). In a corporate setting, remote-access VPNs allow employees to access their company’s intranet from home or while traveling outside the office, and site-to-site VPNs allow employees in geographically disparate offices to share one cohesive virtual network. A VPN can also be used to interconnect two similar networks over a dissimilar middle network; for example, two IPv6 networks over an IPv4 network.

VPN systems may be classified by:

  • the tunneling protocol used to tunnel the traffic
  • the tunnel’s termination point location, e.g., on the customer edge or network-provider edge
  • the type of topology of connections, such as site-to-site or network-to-network
  • the levels of security provided the OSI layer they present to the connecting network, such as Layer 2 circuits or Layer 3 network connectivity
  • the number of simultaneous connections.