What do you need to know about using a VPN?
A VPN is a good option for everyone because it is the one way to ensure you have total privacy when online. This is something we should all be guaranteed, but we are, unfortunately not. A VPN, though, is what steps up to deliver that privacy by hiding your IP address.
What does that do? It prevents any site from knowing exactly where you have arrived from. For example, let’s say you are in an area where access to social media is blocked (it could be your workplace, or it could be a country with restrictive policies around the Internet). Either way, the VPN lets you use the site by choosing a server where access is allowed.
When to use VPN?
If you are like other savvy computer users, you probably have a firewall active at all times, use anti-malware and anti-ransomware solutions, and keep virus protection up to date. Yet, none of these protections are good at ensuring your privacy. They cannot secure information you send or receive. To do that requires a VPN or Virtual Private Network. This gives you complete privacy, shields your online identity and gives you unfettered access to the entire Internet – no matter where you are.
Information Is Kept Private? Information on the Internet is very difficult to secure. One of the best ways to do this effectively is to encrypt it, and this is at the heart of VPNs. When connected to a VPN, all of the data leaving your computer, flowing through the Internet and reaching a destination is secured. This is true whether you are at home or in the local coffee shop. And even hackers who manage to trick people into using an evil twin network are still unable to get through the encryption.