Virtual Private Networking (VPN) is a popular phenomenon in 2018. Seven years back we published articles to discuss about VPN. It is possibly obvious that in this seven years, many technologies has changed to an aspect that over 50% of the citizens of most of the countries has a 4G connection at home and a smartphone. Unfortunately, not all of them are enough knowledgably around basics of cyber security. Intention of this article is to provide such users some basic idea around the need of using VPN, in simple language explain them who needs a VPN and should you set up a VPN at home? As like anything on this earth, behind using anything free or premium, we need to know why need the technology and basics of the technology.
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Who Needs a VPN and Should You Set Up a VPN at Home?
Want to protect your smartphone from hackers? The easiest way to get some security is to download software to use a VPN. If you want to browse the Internet anonymously, you need to get a VPN. Want to change your IP address? Try a VPN. Why we need to change our IP address? Sometimes we need to change IP to circumvent country targeted blocking by some websites. A Virtual Private Network seems to be a universal tool for every device and every activity connected to the Internet. But is it really so? Is a VPN a magic elixir, which can solve any security problem your device might face and does everyone need to get it installed on their laptops and smartphones? Let’s find out.
Do You Need Your Own VPN?
The idea of a Virtual Private Network is that it creates an encrypted tunnel between your device (laptop/smartphone/smartwatch/tablet/PC) you’re using and the thing it is connected to – a server or your office or home. VPNs allow you to be secure on an unsecured network. Your traffic will be transported to the place, which is 100% protected from hackers. People use VPNs to stay anonymous online and to browse without a possibility that their data can be stolen by a hacker or cyber criminal. Throwing away your online privacy is not recommended for both businessmen who run their online companies and average users who constantly make banking operations online. VPN is the easiest way you can stay anonymous and secure online, which is the best alternative to other existed programs, which offer either anonymity or security.
Still, don’t sure if you need a VPN connection? Then you should answer the following questions:
- How regularly do you use WiFi networks?
- Would you like to protect the confidential data on your PC, laptop, and smartphone?
- Do you want to hide your current location from the websites you’re visiting?
- Want to get access to the restricted websites to watch movies, listen to music, and shop online?
- Do you want to have a free access to all the websites you use on a daily basis when traveling abroad?
If the answer even to one of the above questions is YES, then you definitely need to get a VPN service installed on your devices. This is exactly what you need if you want to get both secure and private Internet connection without the need to install hundreds of applications or extensions to different programs. A VPN is a universal tool, which doesn’t require constant updates and additional downloads. You can choose between a paid and a free version depending on what you’re looking for in your VPN. Paid VPNs are a little bit faster at work and have a wider range of server locations. Protect the data on your devices before it got stolen by hackers or cyber criminals, especially if you’re a fan of browsing the Internet in airports, restaurants, coffee shops, or department stores.
But what about having a VPN service at home? Do you need it?
Should You Set Up a VPN Service at Home?
When it comes to using a VPN service at home, imagine that all your data is not encrypted, so everyone can read and see what you’re doing while browsing the Net. This is especially relevant for those people who want to have the Internet privacy when visiting different websites from home too. Or do you want to have a better selection of websites while staying at home? For example, there is a number of popular online stores and educational services which are limited to certain locations only. Having a VPN at home will allow you to get access to those websites while sitting in the living room or drinking coffee in the kitchen. Isn’t it great?
So, having a VPN at home is as essential for the secure and wider Internet activity as having it outside. You can use freely the websites, which are currently blocked in your country, be sure that the hackers won’t get the data from your banking operations on the laptop or smartphone, and be sure that the government is not monitoring what search you are performing or kind of music or video you’re listening to and watching on a daily basis. And traveling with the VPN becomes a lot easier as you get access to all the websites you have at home from anywhere in the world.