What Is A VPN?

Have you seen the TV adverts about VPN’s? The one where the lady in the lift has another person peering over her shoulder to watch what’s on her phone? The advert claims that if you get a VPN you will be safe from snoopers online.

But what is a VPN? And how will it protect your internet use?

VPN is the acronym for Virtual Private Network

Virtual: It acts like a private connection directly to any website or another computer you connect to.

Private: All your website visits and online activity are solely between you and the websites you visit.

Network: You are using a special network of VPN servers that covers the entire globe.

A VPN enables you to access the web safely and privately by routing your connection and hiding your online actions. By providing you with a temporary IP address it hides your true IP address from every website or email you connect with.

To get your own VPN you’ll need to sign up online, usually for a small monthly charge. All your data is then encrypted and wherever you visit online will see your data as coming from the VPN server and its location, and not from your computer and your location. This in turn means that it is very difficult to identify you or your computer as the source of the data, to identify what you’re doing, what websites you’re visiting, and what data you’re transferring.

Why Should I Use A VPN?

  • By encrypting your activity on the web, you are browsing without others knowing where you’ve been.
  • By hiding your location, you can access geo-blocked content, for example on Netflix and other sites.
  • It gives you anonymity when you’re online.
  • Keeps your mobile devices secure when using a public WiFi hotspot
If you would like to know more about VPN’s please get in touch with us.

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