In this day and age, a robber can sit in his room and steal billions of dollars from any account using technology. Thanks to new technology, the robber can be prevented from getting the data required to access the accounts. Applications like VPN, provide the user with online security. This is just one of the many benefits of VPN that has many people interested in it.
What Is VPN?
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is an application that gives you privacy while you are online. Originally, VPNs were used only in business settings where business organizations or governments wanted to secure their data. With people working remotely and needing to connect online, businesses needed to create a secure connection otherwise they would be at risk of being hacked or losing data. These days, VPNs are used by everyone, because it ensures your location stays private, your data is encrypted, and you can surf the web anonymously.
How VPN works
When you visit a site like Facebook and type in the domain name, that domain name is the nickname for the website and its IP address consists of numbers. Since it’s easier to remember names than numbers, websites are given domain names and a server translates them. Your computer and other devices browsing the internet have IP addresses. When you type the website’s domain name on your browser, you send your data into the internet until it reaches the server. The server then translates the data and grants you access to the website you requested. The problem is you’re sending them your IP address and a lot of other information when you send the data to the server. This is where hackers can get your bank details, phone number, and other sensitive data. VPN secures your data from hackers.
VPN and its Benefits
One of the benefits of VPN is encryption. A VPN adds an extra layer of protection. When you send information online, a VPN creates a tunnel that encrypts your information. This way, if someone tries to access your data, they won’t be able to read it. The tunnel also makes it difficult to hack. For instance, Internet Service Providers store the details of sites you visit online. They can access their database to view a user’s online activity. However, with a VPN, your internet service provider cannot see what sites you visit. Encryption also ensures that only the intended recipient can read a message. It’s more like sending your data, locked with a padlock, in a box, to the recipient.
Video streaming websites such as Netflix and Hulu have restricted content depending on location. For instance, you want to watch a movie on Netflix but it’s not available in your country; by sending your information to a VPN server in America, you automatically change your location from Nigeria to America, and the server sends it to Netflix. Netflix now thinks you’re in America and can stream your show without any problems. A VPN gives the illusion that you’re at a different location because the signal is coming from a different server. In June 2021, Nigeria’s government banned Twitter, but some Nigerians continue to access Twitter because they changed their location with the help of a VPN. Changing your location can be helpful when booking a hotel or flight. Research has shown that hotel and flight prices change depending on your location. In other words, VPN can save you lots of money.
Websites can collect your data. Your information could be made available under specific circumstances. However, using a VPN ensures that a request to track only reaches its server, and won’t reveal your original IP address. Many VPNs also have a no-logs policy, which means that they don’t record what sites you visit. An example of efforts towards protecting the user’s data is a recent update of an operating system that gives users the option to decline.
VPNs are really handy when it comes to your online activity by changing your location, encrypting your data and ensuring privacy, and that’s why so many people use them these days. Please beware of some VPN apps especially if such offers are free as VPNs automatically have access to users’ data.