The use of VPN, or Virtual Private Networks, is on the rise nowadays. After all, netizens are looking for new and innovative ways to surf safer online.
The internet is a very big place. And just like the real world, it may pose many potential dangers. As an internet user, you should be well aware of just how much “danger” you are exposing yourself to whenever you delve right into cyberspace.
The websites you browse, the programs you install, and the applications you run may contain malicious software that can harm your device or infiltrate private data (read more). Without any form of protection, you are basically offering yourself as a naked target.
Just How Dangerous Is The Internet?
I would say that the internet is just as dangerous as the real world. You may be dealing with other people digitally while online but behind those screens are the same types of people you can run into while walking in the street.
Some of them would be nice; others would be arrogant. There will be both good souls and bad – motives both pure and dark. But I guess that’s just how the world works.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, there will always be people who will try to take advantage of your vulnerability.
Whether you allow them to or not rests entirely on your shoulder. You may not have the power to get rid of these nasty people, but you do have the choice to defend yourself – or more importantly, protect yourself.
This is where VPNs come in.
What Are VPNs?
Just as the name suggests, Virtual Private Networks or VPNs allow users to access public domains through a private system. So you can think of a VPN as a full-proof disguise. Virtual Private Networks basically allow you to surf the internet, even websites that are restricted in your location, with an anonymous identity.
Personally identifying information such as your exact location, IP address, and other private data are encrypted and coated with a false, untraceable identity which allows you to navigate through websites discreetly.
This TechRadar article can help you learn more about VPNs:
Think of the whole process like a train travelling from Station A to Station B. At Station A, the train looks exactly as it should be – nothing has been altered yet. While travelling to Station B, the train goes through a long, dark tunnel. By the time the train reaches the exit of the tunnel, the train no longer resembled what went through the tunnel; it came out as an entirely different train. By the time it arrived to Station B, nobody knew which train it was anymore. They don’t recognize it so they don’t know where it came from nor do they realize where it is headed.
In our example, you are the train. Station A is your normal browsing identity. When you’re at Station A, everyone still recognizes you – just like how systems can recognize you through your IP address. But when you went inside the tunnel (this is the VPN), you get transformed into a completely different train and by the time you get out, nobody recognizes you anymore. This is the work of VPN. It conceals your real identity online so that you can safely browse in an anonymous state.
On top of this, VPNs also have a couple of extra perks – such as having their own host servers which ultimately results in a clear difference between normal and VPN surfing speed.
You must now be thinking “Hey, maybe I should get my own VPN.” Well, you should. But you shouldn’t just get any old VPN. What you need is a high performance VPN. Here are some qualities you can only find in the best performing VPNs:
The fastest VPNs are some of the best. When you’re connection’s fast, it means they’re running on a good server – an excellent one, even. If you’ve signed up for a VPN and your connection speed (upload, download, streaming) doesn’t change then you’ve probably got yourself entangled with some cheap rip-offs. If it can’t even deliver good speed, how much protection do you think it can offer?
Next, and probably the most important advantage of getting into a VPN network is data encryption. When you surf online, and even when you visit some “questionable websites” (if you know what I mean), your IP address along with your personal information are concealed. Hackers, website hosts, the government, and other personalities who might threaten your privacy will have no means of discovering your real identity online. Pretty neat, don’t you think?
Access To Multiple Locations
Also, by exploring the internet via VPN, you may be granted access to websites that are supposedly restricted or prohibited in your location – of course, with almost no risk of getting caught. Most of the best VPN systems allow users to change their real-time location virtually. So users are masked with a “geo-specific IP address” so that they can gain access to certain websites. So if you don’t want them hogging all the fun to themselves, you can definitely crash the party using a good VPN.
Lastly, virtual private networks generally give you better security when you surf online. Many people will try to take advantage of your personal information and may even use it for something that can get you in trouble. As to why some people keep doing this to exploit others, we cannot answer. All we can say that it is always a good call to protect oneself. Fortunately, VPNs have made that virtually possible.