The internet can be a dangerous tool if you don’t know how to handle it. Even simple things such as accessing unsecured websites and using public networks can put you at risk. Cyber intruders rely on people who don’t secure their connections to gain access to identity information and bank account numbers. Even several years ago, it was established that around half of all American adults had been hacked, and cyber-attacks continue to be a growing concern as internet use becomes more widespread.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself online, and using a VPN is one of them. VPNs are useful for a number of reasons, but the best perk of using a VPN is having additional security when connected to the internet. VPNs encrypt your web traffic and prevent people from spying on your online activity. It’s good to have if you don’t use a secured internet network at home or if you frequently use public Wi-Fi and hotspots.

In addition to security, there are several other reasons why you might want to use a VPN while surfing the web.

Avoid Targeted Advertising

Advertisements in the past were typically hit or miss. If the right people didn’t see the ad at the right time, they failed to do what they were intended to do: make a profit. Internet ads are entirely different these days, and most of them are selected for each user or group of people. If you’ve ever seen a local ad while surfing the web, you’ve been exposed to targeted advertising. They use things like your location, your age group, your income, your sex, or your online activity to select which advertisements to show you while you surf the web. VPNs keep you from seeing these types of ads by blocking your location and your online activity from outsiders. It could end up saving you a lot of money if you frequently click on ads and purchase items or services from them. It also preserves your right to privacy and stops sneaky marketers in their tracks.

Unblock Geo Restricted Content

Some content is just not available to people located outside of certain countries. This may be due to security policies, legal issues, or even discriminatory preferences. However, with a VPN, you can keep your location unknown and access content as if you were in the countries where that content is available. Restrictions are not placed on government websites alone; they may also be placed on certain stores you like to shop at, organizations you keep up with, or streaming services like Pandora, Netflix, and Hulu. Whether you live in a country where your preferred content is restricted or just travel a lot, a VPN can help you as long as it has servers in the country where the content is available. Using VPNs for this purpose is very common, and you can find many people who regularly use a proxy to stream online to watch their favorite movies and shows.

Bypass Network Restrictions

If you surf the web a lot at work or school, you may have to deal with some restrictions in terms of which sites you’re allowed to access. Commonly restricted websites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites that aren’t related to work or studies. YouTube and Netflix may also be blocked to keep people from streaming content instead of focusing on work. If you miss checking your social media accounts or watching funny videos during your breaks or after school, a VPN will allow you to access that restricted content. Just make sure you have an explanation prepared if you’re confronted about using a VPN. While your employer or administration won’t be able to see what you’re doing, they’ll be able to detect the VPN if they’re observant.

Prevent ISPs From Selling Your Data

ISPs, or internet service providers, are now allowed to sell our information, thanks to a recent decision made by the republicans in congress. This decision allows the sale of your web browsing history and is a direct violation of your privacy, but it can be prevented by using a VPN. If you use a VPN, you won’t have to worry about someone, even your internet service provider, tracking your browsing history and making a profit off your internet activity. Your internet bill likely won’t go down even though your ISP is making money off your information, so it’s your right and responsibility to protect yourself.

Conclusion

A VPN is a worthy investment if you have concerns about your security while using Wi-Fi. It’s also useful when you want to access restricted content at your institution or from within another country. Even if you’re already protected by anti-virus software, using a VPN will add another layer of security to keep intruders out. Be sure to do some thorough research before deciding which VPN to use as each provider offers different benefits and has servers in different locations.

 

 

Tom Parillo

Tom Parillo

I am interested in all things technology, especially automation, robotics and tech that helps change how society will live in the future.