A VPN is a virtual private network that creates an encrypted tunnel across the internet that runs between your desktop computer or mobile device and the website you are accessing.
As online privacy became a focus for many who surf the net due to search engines and websites monitoring your activity for geo-marketing practices, the use of VPN’s quickly gained a foothold and are now a popular tool to combat those trying to gain information about their online activity
VPN is the abbreviated term for “virtual private network”. It acts to add an additional layer of protection and security for home and business networks. It lets users send data and receive data privately as your connection is rerouted to another VPN server that is located in another country and therefore shows your connection to a website as local. Those who access the internet using Wi-Fi will find the use of a VPN especially useful as all data accesses is encrypted and secure.
When using a VPN, you effectively become anonymous as your own IP address is replaced with that of the VPN server and you create a tunnel that lets you surf the web in private without the others seeing the content you are viewing. This includes video content, social media content and more.
There are a wide range of VPN services that are offered online. This includes those that are free and those that involve a paid subscription. Most VPN’s are compatible with smartphones, tablets and desktops as well as Smart TV’s when accessed using an ethernet cable. To begin using a VPN, you need only to open the application, connect with your user name and password and select a VPN server. After that, you are free to browse the internet as you please privately.