Virtual Private Networks or VPN is one of the most common services with a widespread around the world in spite of the legal issues associated with using it and the categories in which it should be used and some countries even criminalizing using this service.
What Is VPN?
It’s is a method to add more security and privacy to the internet connection.
What Is It Used For?
The first thing to come time when VPN is mentioned is bypassing governmental internet restrictions but there’s more to it than just that. There’s also enhanced security, better internet performance in some cases and most of all is online anonymity.
Advantages Of Using:
1- Intensified Security: Connecting to the internet with VPN keeps your data encrypted thus away from hackers.
2- Online anonymity: Compared to IP hiding software, VPN allows you to surf the web in total anonymity.
3- Changing IP Address: It changes your IP to another one from the country you choose thus allowing to surf the web as if you were in that country.
4- Enhanced Performance: In some cases, using VPN can improve bandwidth.
5- Bypassing Geo-restrictions: One of the main reasons why VPNs are spreading because of government censorship.
Common misunderstandings about VPNs:
Free VPNs get the job done.
While they may provide you the service with no cost, they usually come with many limitations ( limited Data, limited connection time, limited speed, etc).
It may come as a surprise to you that you may also be giving all of your information ( emails, browsing data, etc) on a golden platter by using a free VPN.
VPNs will slow down the connection.
Logically, routing the data through all these servers and in another countries may slow your connection. That’s not completely true.
Firstly, The speed you get is bounded by your connection to the internet which is provided by your ISP.
Secondly, the further the server, the higher latency you’ll get. That’s why VPNs have a lot of servers in various countries and give you the ability to change in between servers to find the best performer.
Examples for VPN programs:
hide.me, Hotspot shield, HideMyAss and many more.