Category: Security and Privacy

Should You Use a VPN?

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. The purpose of a VPN is to extend a private network across a public network like the internet, and to allow it’s users to share network resources as if they were physically connected to the same private network. VPN connections are encrypted and any applications running on one can benefit from the security and functionality that such a connection provides.

For an example, a certain website or service like Netflix or Youtube is blocked or banned in your country. Connecting to a VPN server in a place where it is not blocked can allow such websites and services to be accessed by using the internet connection shared by the VPN server. This works because your connection to the VPN is encrypted and your internet provider or government can only see that you are using a encrypted connection, but not what it is for.

That is just one of the many reasons you may want to use a VPN, though. Because of the security and privacy benefits, users can circumvent ...  continue reading.