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What Is a VPN and Why Do I Need One? TECHNOLOGY 

What Is a VPN and Why Do I Need One?

A Virtual Private Network is the best possible thing you can get on your mobile device in order to protect yourself when going out into the world. What a VPN will do is create a protected roadway or tunnel for your data to go through when you are browsing the internet on a network. Your request for data will go to an offsite secure server which will process the request for you and then send you back what you requested.

While originally they were meant for business use for employees to safely access work documents from home or elsewhere (and that is still widespread), their use has expanded and average consumer use makes up a large portion of total VPN use.


As strange as it may sound to some, the nature of this technology then allows for some amazing uses of this service. Here are a few things you should know about them:

They Are Your Best Protection When Using a Public Network

Public networks and Wi-Fi hotspots every hundred feet or so are great and all, but have you ever stopped and wondered just how safe those hotspots really are? Many of them don’t have the protections that your home network has, and there is a greater risk of your data being intercepted while in the open.

A VPN will allow you to block out those hackers who seek to intercept your data and account information for criminal use and encrypt that information so it will be safe.

Smartphones Can and Should Utilize Them as Well

You should know that while your smartphone may possibly have better default protections against viruses and malware, against hackers they are not necessarily any safer from the dangers of a Wi-Fi network. Almost all smartphones being manufactured nowadays support the use of a VPN, and with one you’ll be able to travel out into public without the fear that someone will intercept your data as you are walking around potentially automatically connecting to unknown networks.

Many smartphone apps don’t have as strong a protection as some of the mobile websites being used, and so hackers might be able to steal your passwords, usernames, and even your bank account information if you use a mobile banking app frequently on your smartphone. It is for this reason why I recommend the use of a VPN on a smartphone perhaps even more strongly than on a laptop.

They Are Great for Travelers

Travelers in particular should consider using a VPN, especially those who travel to other countries often. In addition to the added security for the public networks you will be using more frequently, a VPN can make it appear that you are web browsing from another country. The main benefit of this is that it will allow you to bypass regional restrictions on services that you use frequently.

They Are a Defense against Government Censorship and Outside Monitoring

On a related note to travelling, if you are travelling to a country that might have restrictive measures against certain websites such as Google or Facebook, then you will want to use a VPN, as it will allow you to bypass these government restrictions. You will be able to check whatever sites you need to and have your communications unhampered by government internets.

A VPN will also block out a great deal of government or private snooping. Most potential onlookers will – at best – be able to know that you are using a VPN, and thus they will shift their attention to an easier target than you.

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I hope that you have taken into consideration the benefits of a VPN compared to the costs, and that you will make the best choice for your devices in terms of their safety and privacy. Thank you for reading.

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