VPN means Virtual Private Network. This gives you an extended security and privacy by creating a private network.

According to TechRadar, this private network is “a link between your device and a remote computer.” The remote computes can be located in any part of the world, and it is owned by the “VPN service or also known as a VPN server.”

VPN is originally used by businesses. Using VPNs, remote workers are able to privately access the company network while staying secure.

But now, even the masses around the world know how to use VPNs. Most people use it as an online security tool. In this article, let us explore some facts about VPNs.

10 things to know about vpns
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1. VPNs Provide Online Security

According to TechRadar, whenever you are using a public Wi-Fi, it is preferable to connect to a VPN. The encryption of the VPN will “hide” your online activities. Through this, you will be protected from hackers, rogue hotspot operators, and others who have the intention of stealing your personal data.

2. VPNs Bypass Web Censorship

There are instances when a network prevents you from accessing specific sites. One solution to access these “blocked” sites is to connect to a VPN. Once you do this, the network will no longer be able to monitor the sites that you are visiting, which means it can’t block them.

3. VPNs Can Help Improve Your Privacy

According PC Mag, VPNs “encrypt your traffic and route it through a VPN server.” By doing this, it’s going to be difficult for observers to identify you and monitor your online activities. While there is no VPN that can provide absolute anonymity, VPNs can definitely help improve your privacy.

4. Some VPNs Offer Protection Against Malicious Files

As VPN is becoming more common, there are some VPNs that are already offering protection against malicious files. In several instances, what a VPN offers is basic protection against known malicious sites and files. You would also find some VPN services that integrated antivirus tools.

5. VPNs Can Help You Get Around Geo-blocking

Geo-blocking is a situation when streaming sites restrict content in selected countries. VPNs can help you get around geo-blocking. All you have to do is connect your VPN to a country’s particular server, and the streaming site may think that you’ve relocated.

6. VPN Can Be Useful to Get Travel Perks

You can use a VPN to be able to get a new virtual country in order for you to yield some benefits. Since flights, hotel rooms, various kinds of web services “may be priced very differently around the world,” you can enjoy a better deal by appearing to be in a different country.

7. VPNs Can Keep You Safe Online

Since a VPN keeps the contents of your web traffic hidden from some observers, it would be more difficult for them to track your online activities. This means that a VPN can provide you with protection against the threats that you’ll likely experience on the web such as “malware, social engineering scams, and phishing sites.”

8. Using VPNs, You Can Spoof Your Location

Using a VPN, can Spoof your location. All you have to do is connect to a server in a different country. One of the ways to determine your location is through an IP address. When you hide your true IP address behind a VPN server’s IP address, your true location cannot be determined.

9. VPNs Can Hide Your Torrenting Activity

Your web traffic is encrypted when you’re using a VPN. This simply means that your ISP won’t be able to monitor the sites that you’re visiting. So, you can technically hide your Torrenting activity. However, you still have to be careful as Torrenting uses a lot of bandwidth. Once your ISP noticed this, they might be suspicious of your activity.

10. VPNs Can Give You Anonymity

Using a VPN to connect online can make you more anonymous. This means your identity is concealed from websites and advertisers. Therefore, using a VPN means observers cannot trace a particular internet activity back to you.

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