What is VPN?

A lot of us have heard of the term VPN but do not actually know what it means. Some of us even actually use a VPN on our devices, without even knowing it’s purpose. The truth is that online privacy and security is a growing concern in the cyber world, and we should all take the necessary steps towards making sure we are best protected from cyber criminals. One of the most easy and effective ways of doing this is installing a VPN on your devices. But what exactly is a VPN? How does it actually work and why should you worry about personally using one? A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a secured, personal express lane on the internet highway. Instead of having your internet activity travel on public roads like everybody else, a VPN connects you to your destination via your own personal tunnel (encryption) that nobody else can use or see, giving you a more secure and private experience.

How does VPN work?”

  1. Your internet connection gets encrypted between your computer and the VPN server.
  2. Your internet data travels to the VPN  server directly which also hides your location.
  3. VPN server accesses the internet on your behalf.

What are the benefits of using a VPN?

Internet Privacy

When you connect to the internet, especially on a public network there is a risk when transmitting your internet data. Using a VPN adds an extra layer of protection and a safety net.

Location Spoofing

The ability to access the internet from what appears to be a different location is particularly useful for content that is geo-blocked or geo-restricted.

Anonymity

When you connect to the internet, your computer is assigned a IP address that provides a lot of information about you and your location. Using a VPN hides this IP address, thus providing you with more anonymity as you surf the internet.