Before start using it, most internet users need at least a short introduction to a VPN. In these days of cybercrime, it is obvious: online users need a VPN (virtual private network), a kind of service that gives you online security, and most providers have a free version to try it out. In this article, the main features and benefits of VPNs will be explained
VPN HIDES YOUR IDENTITY ONLINE
The substantial feature of a VPN is that it hides your device’s IP address and interferes with any company trying to track your browsing patterns.
Many online companies take peoples’ data without their authorization and then share it with other entities – again without the user’s permission. A virtual private network will put a stop to this invasion.
Thanks to the fiasco with Edward Snowden and the political messes that happened in Venezuela and other parts of the world, many people are turning to VPN services. When you surf the ‘Net on a public network (including using social media), your personal information is up for grabs in the air by vultures.
WHY IS digital SECURITY IMPORTANT?
Your personal data is out there literally in the air, to get mopped up by Internet entities wanting your money – or oppressive governments just wanting to snoop or even block internet access to the rest of the world. If you use your device when traveling, you’re at particular risk for suffering some kind of data breach or device infection.
The unprotected public networks of hotel, airport and coffee house Wi-Fis mean open season for crooks and snoops hunting for unprotected data transmissions. The VPN protects these transmissions of data.
In fact, VPNs were used to escape the prying of government online censors during the Arab Spring uprisings.
Most free VPN service comes with periodic pop-up ads and some banner ads for the free version, but the major providers have a $30 per year deals that are free of ads and has solid malware protection.
WHAT ELSE DOES A VPN DO?
Users are protected from cookies that track where the users visit online. If your online visits are getting tracked, this information can be used against you by lawyers and insurance companies. And who knows what else could happen when tech giants out there know your every cyber move.
MORE FEATURES OF VPN
- Compresses bandwidths. All the traffic on the server side, before it’s sent to the user’s device, is compressed. This way users can stretch data plans.
- Security. HTTPS (note the “S”) is implemented for any site you visit including banking sites: all of your online sessions are encrypted and you’re protected from those non-secure Wi-Fi networks and malware.
- Access. Think of the protection as a steel tunnel through which you access the Internet.
- Privacy. Your identity is masked by hiding your IP address, so tracking cookies cannot get any data about you and your browsing history.
We hope this introduction to a VPN will help you to decide you either need it or not. But before you make a decision, remember, that online privacy these days is a thing you should take seriously. The amount of hacked internet users is skyrocket growing!