If you use the internet quite a bit, you have most likely come across the subject of VPNs. And perhaps you are wondering if you need one. Do you really need a virtual private network? Well, if you use the internet a bit, the short answer is yes.
But first, what is a VPN?
VPN is short for “Virtual Private Network” and describes a mechanism that allows internet users to create a secure connection for their computing devices. VPNs enhance cybersecurity and helps to protect privacy, allowing devices to connect to the internet much more safely.
So, why do you need a VPN?
First, a VPN improves your privacy. Anytime you go online, you are not alone. You are actually followed by the prying eyes of your internet service provider and several advertisers. These people follow you everywhere online, know which websites you visit, and which devices you use to access the websites. They even know every single question you ever asked Google!
If you are not comfortable with this and would love to access the internet very privately (no prying eyes), a VPN is the way to go. Once you jump on a VPN, your IP address changes, and because everything you now do is encrypted, your ISP and all those pesky data brokers and advertisers can no longer follow you around.
A VPN also protects you on public Wi-Fi. Public networks in public places such as cafes, trains, and airports attract cybercriminals who set up fake public networks to infect as many devices as they can with malware so that they can steal personal info. The way they do this is to leave their fake networks open so that you can connect without a password.
Once you log in, they are able to intercept your credit card details, login credentials, and a host of other sensitive information. If you are using a VPN, this will be impossible, as VPNs redirect user data through an encrypted tunnel, so no one can see what you do online. Your data remains safe if you ever connect to a fake hotspot.
A VPN also allows you to access blocked websites. We all know the frustration of not being able to access some websites because of our geographical locations. The beautiful thing is that this frustration can be a thing of the past with a VPN. You acquire a new IP address when you connect to VPN services, and your new online identity allows you to access the internet with no restrictions.
So, if you are wondering if VPNs are worth it, the answer is yes. If you don’t want to become a victim of cybercrime and internet snooping, and if you want to access the internet privately (without dozens of eyes looking over your shoulder), a VPN is a great investment, worth its cost.
However, be sure to do proper research before deciding on a VPN service provider. Don’t go for the free version because many free VPN providers earn their living by selling customer activity logs to third parties, which completely goes against the idea of privacy. If you must part with some bucks to ensure privacy and protect yourself online, by all means, do it.
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