As many of you may have felt before, the internet can be something of a mirky place which is largely unpriced and which can feel that way from time to time. Indeed if we look into the small print of what websites do with our information, which incidentally we agree to because of the volume of small print that there is, it is clear that there is some unethical behavior taking place. Because of all of this it is essential that when you are browsing the web that you use a VPN, a virtual private network. There are many wonderful services which offer VPNs such as VirtualShield, and here is a little bit more about them.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a remotely placed server which becomes its own private network; you connect to the web via this server. Think of it like a filter which blocks your name, your address, your geographical location and turns you into an anonymous user. VPN companies will usually have severs all over the world which you can connect to, and when you do this is where you will appear to be.
The biggest benefit which you will find from using a VPN is that you will be infinitely more secure than if you do not use one. There will be no chance that someone can track your online movements or use your data for other things, and that level of invasiveness will completely disappear. This does help to protect you against those looking to hack you, especially if you are using a private Wi-Fi network, but the security goes much further than that.
Even legitimate businesses are carrying out nefarious activities and they do so with your agreement. Think about this, have you ever looked online for furniture or for a vacation, and then seen ads for the next 7 days about exactly what you have been searching for? That is because websites take your data and they sell it on to other companies. Very quickly all of these data points show who you are, what you enjoy, where you live and who you like to socialize with. Beyond this being scary on its own, it also makes you a clear target for marketing companies. Using a VPN will ensure that none of this data is tracked.
A neat feature of VPNs is that you can watch your favorite TV channels even if you are not in your home country. When you leave your country and try to watch your favorite shows on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, you will find that you won’t be able to because of geographical blocks which are put in place. When you are in another country all you need to do is to use your VPN to access the server in your home country, once connected you will appear to be at home and you will have access to all of your favorite TV shows and movies.
Always make sure that you use a VN when you are online.