VPN — Privacy security and access the blocked!

Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. We use it to download movies, music, TV series, for accessing social media and for other million tasks. Have you ever considered the fact that whatever you do on your college wifi is completely monitored and you have no privacy on that network. We really take our privacy for granted and does not care for it. Anyone might use our data as a ransomware and hence we need VPN whenever we hop online.

What is a VPN?

VPN is the acronym for Virtual Private Network. It is nothing more than a paid software that provides secure web browsing and privacy over a public wifi hotspot. If it is free, the service provide puts a threshold limit of 0.5 Gigs or few hundred Megabyte per day.

Simple analogy to understand VPN:

The best and easiest way to think of it is as a tunnel between you and the website you want to visit online. At this point your PC connects to the VPN server. The server maybe located anywhere in USA, UK, Sweden or any other part of the world. The website considers as if you are accessing it from the VPN server location instead of your geographical location.

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This “inside the tunnel” connection ensures your privacy over the network and protects you from any hacker sitting at the coffee shop or airport. If you ever do a bank transaction or enter your login credentials over a public network (which is highly discouraged), make sure you are connected to a VPN.

Since a VPN provides location spoofing, one can easily access the websites blocked in a nation or in a network.

Message showing a website blocked.
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For example in most colleges torrents are blocked. But torrents and other piracy sites can be easily accessed by using a Virtual Private Network connection.

While Virtual Private Networks are an important tool, they are far from being foolproof. Let’s say you live in an oppressive country and want to evade censorship in order to access the unrestricted web. It would have a limited use. If you’re trying to evade government restrictions and access sites like Facebook and Twitter, a VPN might be useful. Even then, you’d have to be somewhat dependent on the government’s willingness to look the other way.

So please don’t sacrifice your privacy over the net and every time use a proper private tunneling service by some trusted service provider.

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