What Is a VPN and Why Do You Need One?

by Lance Ekum on · 0 comments

Did you just log on to Facebook using a public Wi-Fi? What if your privacy is breached?  You may ask, what would one do with my Facebook account details? Just read my messages? No, there is a lot that can be done. Hackers may use your account to do illegitimate transactions or indulge in illegal activities. Since your account is used, you will be the one responsible if the activities get tracked.

No matter what you do on the Internet, share important business information or casually browse the Internet, it is a must that you protect yourself from the spying eyes. A VPN (virtual private network) helps you secure your online privacy.

What is a VPN?

According to Wikipedia, ‘A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.’ In simple words, a VPN protects your online data even when you are using a public Internet connection. Using a VPN is the most cost-effective way of protecting your online identity.

Now the next question is what does a VPN do? When you connect to the Internet, you share loads of information with your peers or other websites. If the data/information is send in an encrypted format, such as in case of Gmail, Facebook, etc. then you need not worry, but if there is no encryption you are at risk. When you use a VPN, everything gets encrypted. So no one can spy on you or collect data that you share online.

Why Do You Need a VPN?

A VPN protects your from cyber attacks and protect saves you from online identity theft. But there are many more reasons why you should consider using a VPN when browsing the Internet. Some reasons include:

  • Ensure safety while performing online transaction and sharing personal data.
  • Ensure security of highly confidential and sensitive data travelling over the network or store on the cloud storage systems.
  • Get rid of local bans and blocks. There are several countries that block specific websites. For instance, China blocks Facebook, Wikipedia, etc. So if you are in China and need to visit your Facebook account, you have to use a VPN that manipulates your IP address.
  • Change your location using a VPN connection to avoid your bank and credit card accounts from being frozen. Even when you are away from your home country, you can choose an IP address from your home country and make the online transactions. Virtually you make the payment from your home country.
  • Using a VPN while travelling is important since you may have to connect to the hotel Wi-Fi, cafe hotspots or other public networks. A VPN protects your data, so you can have peace of mind.

However, remember that a VPN connection might affect the Internet speed. So you must choose a good VPN service provider. Make your online browsing safe with a VPN connection and enjoy your peace of mind.

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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