A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a service that provides you with more privacy and security on the Internet. The internet can be a scary place if you don’t know what to protect yourself from, and there are more and more dangers appearing every day.
Although you may have heard of VPNs as a tool to unblock extra Netflix content, it’s not all just for fun! A VPN will protect your data from being stolen by hackers, give you an extra layer of protection when browsing online, and help keep your identity anonymous. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the various reasons why people use VPNs.
A VPN is Used for More Privacy Online
A VPN gives you more privacy and security on the Internet because it encrypts your data. If you use a public Wi-Fi connection, for example at an airport or cafe, anyone else using that same network can see what you’re browsing online. Hackers could potentially steal your personal information as well as bank details just by sitting in the corner of that coffee shop!
Your internet service provider (ISP) could also log every website you visit without permission – this is called ‘data retention.’ Using a VPN prevents this from happening.
The ISP will only be able to view that you are connected to a VPN server but won’t get any further information about which websites or services are being accessed through it. This means they have no record of your internet activity. The same goes for other third parties online such as trackers which build a data profile of your online activity.
VPNs are Used to Unblock Geo-Restricted Content
Some countries have banned certain websites and services, either due to censorship rules or because of regional broadcasting rights.
It’s also often the case that some content is only available in specific regions – for example, BBC iPlayer will only let you watch videos if you are located within the UK.
Geo-restriction can sometimes be bypassed using a VPN however it depends on where you are trying to access your chosen service from as well as who provides it. For instance, Netflix now actively blocks many VPN providers so they cannot unblock its geo-restricted content anymore! A good thing about this though is that most providers have found ways around this by creating new IP addresses which allow users to connect without any issues at all.
So even if you are based in a country with heavy online censorship, you can use a VPN to unblock your favorite sites from anywhere in the world.
VPNs are Used at School and Work
Many schools and workplaces use firewalls to block certain types of websites.
A firewall is a network security system that controls the incoming and outgoing traffic through your internet connection, only allowing it in when required by an application such as a web browser or BitTorrent client.
This can be highly restrictive especially if you rely on using these programs for work purposes, so another solution would be to use a VPN service. You will need to look out for ones with ‘ VPN split tunneling‘ features though – this allows you to pick which data goes through the encrypted part of your connection at work.
VPNs are Used to Access Remote Networks
Using a VPN to access remote networks is often called ‘remote-access’ or ‘road warrior’ mode. This allows employees working from home, coffee shops, and airports to securely connect to their office network using an encrypted connection back to a central server.
A VPN enables users to change their IP address so that they can securely gain access to important documents and files on networks that are based far away.
Gamers Use VPNs for Gaming Protection
Online gamers often use a VPN to protect their connection while playing games online. A VPN provides an extra layer of security by encrypting your data which prevents hackers from stealing any personal details if you get hacked. VPNs also protect from DDOS attacks when gaming online!