VPNs: What They Are and Why You Need One

In case you weren’t aware, a VPN is a virtual private network that allows you to safely and securely browse the internet. What once was a tool generally used by high-security businesses and employees is now making its way into the mainstream world of everyday internet users. There are so many great benefits that can be gained from using VPNs in your everyday internet browsing aside from high security and privacy. Read more below to learn what a VPN is and why you should really be using one.

 

What is a VPN?

VPNs are virtual private networks that are made up of a group of computers, or discrete networks, networked together over a more public network. Basically what all this complicated jargon means is that a VPN is a network that can be used for privacy, because often people have to have special access to get onto a private VPN either through a paid subscription or a password.

VPNs also allow businesses and employees to access the same network even when they’re not in the same physical location. This is helpful for remote employees located across the world to access sensitive business information and files without having to be on a company computer. VPNs are much more secure than public networks that often can’t be trusted because of easy access to confidential information like passwords and credit card information that hackers can get on an open WiFi network.

Whether you’re a remote worker, student, or just love the internet, VPNs are a great tool for everybody. Now that you understand what a VPN actually is and how it works, we’re going to talk about reasons why you should be using a VPN for your everyday internet browsing.

 

Access to Resources

If you’re currently a student or an employee of a company, you can really benefit from a VPN’s access to valuable resources. For example, more universities have VPNs that allow students to access resource materials, online books, PDFs and course work securely and quickly. The same goes for businesses that need a way for employees to access sensitive files and private materials. VPNs allow you to access these valuable resources anywhere you need to, whether you’re in class, at the office, or even a coffee shop. Most businesses and schools already have their own VPNs or subscriptions, so you generally don’t have to worry about looking for the best service out there for you.

 

Keep Your Communication Private

Some people are just more paranoid (or careful as they would say) about internet security. Whether it’s because you’ve had a bad experience in the past such as identity theft or fraud, or you just like taking extra precautions to help you avoid being the victim of online hackers, VPNs are the perfect solution for you. VPNs allow you to work with sensitive information like handling your bank account, buying things online with a credit card, or inputting materials like your social security number or driver’s license onto digital forms in a safe and secure environment. You could even do all of these things in a public space like a café or the airport without ever having to worry about hackers stealing your information or identity.

 

Traveling Abroad

If you’re a digital nomad, an avid traveler, or are just out of the country for vacation VPNs can be lifesavers when traveling abroad. Most people don’t know this, but when you’re in a different country you don’t have access to the same online streaming services that you do in the US. It’s complicated and varies by region, but we’re sorry to tell you that your dreams of binge watching Pretty Little Liars while laying on a beach in the Caribbean is probably not going to happen unless you have a VPN. VPNs allow you to securely connect to a network in the US that tricks your computer into thinking you’re actually in the US. With the magic of a VPN you can stream all of your favorite Netflix shows, listen to your Spotify account and even watch live TV on broadcasting websites. Your airport layovers just got a little bit better

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