Long Answer: Directly connecting to your node offers several advantages:
- Greater Privacy: When you use your node, you’re broadcasting transactions directly to the network without routing them through third-party nodes. This reduces the risk of eavesdropping or logging by intermediaries.
- Sovereignty: Operating your node means you get to define its consensus rules, ensuring that you’re always following the protocol you agree with.
- Enhanced Security: Relying on third-party nodes can pose risks if they’re compromised. By using your node, you minimize the risk of being misled by a malicious node.