What is VPN?


VPN is an abbreviation for Virtual Private Network and it is what protects you online in such a way that it unlocks restricted information for you while allowing the country you reside to be undetected.

This happens by the VPN encoding your internet connection while rerouting you through a remote VPN server in order to mask your VPN address.

To use the VPN, you will need to register with a VPN provider for you to be able to download the VPN software so that you can access any of their servers. Even though there are both free VPN and paid options, you should know that the quality of the service you receive in the free VPN option may not be need.

A VPN doesn’t serve the same purpose as your Internet Service Provider (ISP) which is what you need for you to be able to use your VPN. Your VPN can be used on any network whether it’s a home network, work, school or even a public Wi-Fi.

You can use it on your PCs, your laptops or any kind of OS; you can use it on your Mac OS, Android devices, Apple iPhones, iPads, other kinds of Tablets, Microsoft Xbox One, game consoles such as the PS4 and other devices.

Many people don’t understand the difference between the VPN we are talking about here and the VPN used solely for business purposes. Business or corporate VPNs are quite different in the kind of services they render. The VPN we are talking about in this article is for personal registered users.

Why should you have a VPN?

  • Here are four main reasons why you should use a VPN:
  • Protect yourself from intruders

With a VPN, you can be sure that your activities online will be safe, personal and secure. A VPN prevents your ISP and other people or bodies from tracking your activities when you are online. When you sign up with a VPN you make use of public WI-Fi securely with no intrusion from hackers. This will prevent any form of restriction on the internet since it looks like you are in another country.

Some people feel that it is only in communist regimes like that of China that your internet activity can be spied upon. You will be surprised to find out that countries such as Australia, US and UK also aggressively monitor activities online and they force ISPs to hand over every data to them.

This means that your personal or sensitive information can be sold to willing and available buyers (especially to advertisers) without any prior notice or go-ahead from you. Your only defence against hackers, snoopers or other countries that carry out such activities is a VPN.

When you connect to the internet through a VPN server, your ISP can’t see your data because it is encoded and it can also not track your activities online except the fact that it detects your presence online but it can’t find your location or activities.

If your ISP can’t track your activity online then you can be sure that no government agency or authority can also track your activities but they may detect that you have connected to different VPN servers. With the help of strict no-logs, policy intruders can hardly sniff anything out.

  • You can mask your online activity by hiding your IP address

If you don’t want your activities online to be linked to you for any reason or if you think your physical location is limiting your internet experience then you can use a VPN.

Using a VPN guarantees that your IP address is hidden and the IP address of your VPN (which can be in any part of the world other than where you are) is what is obvious to anyone trying to track you down. This means all websites, software or apps you visit or use will identify your location as being in another country. You can even choose the country to appear from with a simple click of a mouse.

It’s that simple and great!

  • Your are hidden from the eyes of hackers on any public Wi-Fi

Sometimes you have no option than to connect to a public Wi-Fi and public internet connections which you can find in café, restaurants, department stores, coffee shop or any other public place make you prone to hackers who aim to gain access to your personal information and use it for fraudulent purposes.

With a VPN encoding your connection, it is almost impossible for anyone to get hold of your data or information and transfer or transmit this information via your network.

  • You can use VPN to bypass government censorship, your ISP or any other network.

Online censorship works when a network owner bars the use of specific sites. These censorships can be put in place by closed local networks which are what you find in schools or workplaces; censorships can also be enforced on the ISP by the government.

With the use of VPN, you can bypass these blocks. A remote VPN server helps you to gain access to any censored site by going past the internet provider on your behalf. It doesn’t matter if your initial VPN option gets blocked; there are more than enough VPN options you can always choose from.