Why You Should Start Using a VPN

In our increasingly digital world, the need for this type of tool is becoming commonplace. Long gone are the days when VPNs were only utilized by business people working remotely and online downloaders looking to shield their use of torrent sites from copyright laws. Nowadays, just about everyone can benefit from the use of a VPN to ensure that they can live their lives without being watched or taken advantage of.

and antivirus is not enough to protect you. A VPN is just as important if not more important than antivirus.

First of all, what is a VPN?

VPN is short for Virtual Private Network. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted tunnel over the internet between your computer, smartphone or tablet and any website or app you are accessing. This is made possible by redirecting your connection to a server in another country effectively making you anonymous as your IP address (the number that identifies your device’s online connection) is replaced with that of the VPN server.

Cool, so why do I need a VPN?

Essentially, a VPN is the best way to bolster your security, but what you choose to do with a VPN is a different story. Usually VPN users fall into a few categories:

The privacy minded. Whether they’re a in a strictly monitored environment or a completely free and open one, this person uses VPN services to keep their communications secure and encrypted and away from prying eyes whether they’re at home or abroad. To them, unsecured connections mean someone’s reading what you say.

The globetrotter. This person wants to watch the Olympics live as they happen, without dealing with their crummy local networks. They want to check out their favorite TV shows as they air instead of waiting for translations or re-broadcasts (or watch the versions aired in other countries,) listen to location-restricted streaming internet radio, or want to use a new web service or application that looks great but for some reason is limited to a specific country or region.

The downloader. Whether they’re downloading legally or illegally, this person doesn’t want on some company’s witch-hunt list just because they have a torrenting app installed on their computer. VPNs are the only way to stay safe when using something like BitTorrent—everything else is just a false sense of security. Better safe than trying to defend yourself in court or paying a massive fine for

Some combination of the above. Odds are, even if you’re not one of these people more often than not, you’re some mix of them depending on what you’re doing. In all of these cases, a VPN service can be helpful, whether it’s just a matter of protecting yourself when you’re out and about, whether you handle sensitive data for your job and don’t want to get fired, or you’re just covering your own ass from the MPAA.

Here’s when you should consider using a VPN:

  1. If you’re sending credit card numbers, security codes or any other sensitive information, you might want an added layer of security against hackers. With the availability of elite hacking tools becoming more prolific all the time, the amount of ransomware that is always popping up, and methods for stealing credit card details always growing, it goes without saying VPNs are indispensable.
  2. You’re doing something you don’t want anyone to know about. Whether you’re doing something legal or illegal, personal privacy and the right to broadcast and receive without being surveilled and catalogued by authorities is a basic right and perhaps the biggest reason to spend a few dollars a month on a good VPN.