A VPN (Virtual Private Network) protects your privacy, masks your online identity, and blocks people and entities from spying on you or stealing your digital assets. It does that by creating a fortified channel from a VPN server to the internet.
A VPN provides total security, anonymity, and safety by concealing your data traffic whenever you’re online.
Everything you do is connected to you via your internet service provider or ISP. You’re assigned a unique IP address (Internet Protocol) that acts as your virtual surrogate when going online. Your ISP and visited websites and applications can always see what you do and keep data logs that are directly linked to your IP address. In other words, everything you do online is not truly private and can be traced back to you.
When a VPN is installed, it redirects your connection to a secured VPN server and encrypts the data that’s outbound or inbound. Your internet traffic will still pass through your ISP, but they cannot see what it is nor where it will end up because of the encryption. Every website you visit won’t see your original IP address and won’t know where you truly are.
Purpose of a VPN
There’s always the risk of having your data stolen and sold on the Dark Web without your knowledge. One of the easiest methods for a hacker to gain access to your information is digging through your traffic and learning your IP address. It can reveal what city, neighborhood, and building you live in. With a VPN installed, you can be sure that no one will know where you are or what you’re doing.
Be a globetrotter
Are you in a country that doesn’t offer access to sites and services such as Google, Facebook, or Twitter? A VPN will allow you to use the apps freely as if you were in another country. Maybe the latest season of your favorite show was released on Netflix USA but you live in Europe. No problem, just connect to the USA server and catch up with the latest content. You can pick whichever location you want your server to be whether it’s in Brazil, Japan, Spain, or South Africa.
Secure Your Data
Any unencrypted flow of web traffic you release can be seen by your ISP and websites. They can track you down and log everything that you do and sell that information for profit without your consent. A VPN shields you and makes sure this doesn’t happen.
Protect yourself on public Wi-Fi networks
Just because you frequently visit your favorite café for the Wi-Fi, doesn’t mean that you’re safe. Public places like cafés, restaurants, airports, parks, or bus terminals are playgrounds for cybercriminals and hackers. Installing a VPN will keep you protected.
Some countries limit access to popular communication apps. A VPN can change your IP address and pinpoint you to a country where those apps are openly used.
VPNs are perfectly legal for companies and individuals to use in most countries but not all. There are a handful of governments that practice strict censorship and dominance over their online servers and providers. But some countries only allow the use of approved VPNs with certain restrictions. With that said, doing any illegal online activity is still illegal, regardless of whether you’re in a censor-free country or not.