Today we’ll be talking about VPNs. We’ll cover the big picture about VPN sand answer important questions like what is a VPN? What can a VPN help me do? How does a VPN work? And is there any reason not to use a VPN? So, let’s get into it first of all VPN stands for the virtual private network and that’s exactly what it is it helps you create a secure private connection between your computer or device and another network over the Internet. It uses encryption and other technologies to help you ensure that your internet activity is safer from hackers’ cybercriminals or snoops who may be lurking around when you use public Wi-Fi. Think of it like a cloak that you can help to use the internet a little more safely and anonymously, and while all that may sound a little bit shady actually. There are a lot more legitimate reasons why you’d want that extra layer of safety. For that extra layer of security companies of all shapes and sizes use VPNs to help remote workers and extended branches stay connected more securely when you use a VPN to connect to your company’s network.
It basically looks to the rest of the internet like you’re working right in the network from a hotel room or café anywhere in the world you can access files and even devices like printers easily and securely right from your laptop or device VPNs are useful for other types of security as well many consumers use VPNs to hide their browsing activity from their internet service providers either because they’re concerned about their privacy or they don’t want their ISP selling their information to advertisers to keep in mind though that your VPN may be logging that activity instead so make sure your VPN company is trustworthy others use VPN to access geo-blocked websites.
When you use a VPN to connect to a network it looks to the Internet like you’re connecting from that network. So, say you’re in Europe or Asia and you want to use a service like Netflix from other us-based accounts. If Netflix sees are connecting from another country it won’t let you log in but by connecting via VPN to an us-based network you could watch the u.s. Netflix library from another country.
Some people use VPN to download big files or for streaming if your ISP slows down these types of activities using a VPN to stream via different ISP than yours could help you get faster speeds some people especially in countries with strict internet censorship use VPNs to get around firewalls to access information on the entire internet. All pretty great use right but how does a VPN do all of this well to explain it fully. The easiest way to visualize it is that by using encryption a VPN builds a private tunnel around your internet connection a tunnel that no one else can hack in to see into or penetrate.
So, with all this information about VPN swimming around in your head, you may be wondering if there are any constant using one the only con that I can think of is if you’re using a VPN service that has mislead you about just how private and secures their VPN is, after all, no VPN is 100% secure all the time. If somebody really wants to track your internet use there are possibly other high-tech ways they can do.