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VPN- How Private Is the Virtual Private Network?

VPN is one of the most popular acronyms in usage today. The millennials especially are very much familiar with the term. However, quite contrastingly many of the people amongst the masses lack an idea about the actual meaning of the word. What most of us have is a practical understanding of the term. The theory aspect of it, at least the fundamentals of it, are required to grasp the full functioning of the concept though. That is the objective of this piece. This article contains sections that deal with the basic questions that one may concisely have regarding VPN.

What is VPN?

The online world has many benefits, without a doubt. However, it is also one of the most unsafe places. As soon as you connect to the internet your device gets inside the radar and can be tracked by the footprints you leave all over the web. Now, this can be used in a good way, but this also makes your device vulnerable to cyber threats of all sorts.

VPN offers you an extra layer of security. By activating VPN on your mobile you can establish a secure network connection while you are using a public network. This technology encrypts your online presence and misleads third parties about your location. This makes it difficult for third parties to trace you or steal your data.  

How does VPN work?

Establishing a VPN would let you hide your IP address from others. The VPN would redirect it through a remote server, specially configured by the VPN host. So, when you are surfing online, with your device VPN on, the VPN server serves as the source of your data. Third parties, therefore, will not be able to get their hands on your location or your data. The Internet Service Provider would not be able to see the sites you visit or the data you receive or transfer either. Even if someone were to get hold of your online presence or the data you share online, the encryption offered by the VPN would render the data useless, turning them into almost “gibberish”.

VPN is used by organizations to establish a secure internal network too. You can also set up a VPN on your phone individually. For instance, if you want to set up Samsung VPN, you can either do it from the VPN settings (most new models of smartphones have the option), or you need to first get hold of a good VPN provider. The VPN provider can then guide you with the VPN setting details.

Why use VPN?

There are many benefits to using a VPN connection. Here are some of them.

  • VPN hides your online activities even while using a public network. The VPN servers can act as your proxy, making it impossible to trace your actual location, as the demographic location is that of another country.
  • VPN services do not save logs of your past trips over the internet either. None of the activities you perform online would have any records. VPN, therefore, also ensures secure data transferring and administering.
  • Using VPN you can also access various regional content and sites that might not be available otherwise in your area. VPN services are especially useful while accessing torrent movie sites. You can access them even if they are banned in your geographical area, as VPN conceals your real geographical location.

Even though your Internet Service Provider may look like a safe haven, it may share your past trips to various websites with advertisers or other third parties. It is, therefore, a good idea to set up a VPN, if you want to keep your location and activities private and hence secure. However, you also need to keep in mind that even though VPN would secure and encrypt your data, it would not offer any kind of security against cyber-attacks on your device. Hence, you must install and maintain anti-virus software along with a setup VPN too.

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Josie Patra
Josie Patra is a veteran writer with 21 years of experience. She comes with multiple degrees in literature, computer applications, multimedia design, and management. She delves into a plethora of niches and offers expert guidance on finances, stock market, budgeting, marketing strategies, and such other domains. Josie has also authored books on management, productivity, and digital marketing strategies.

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