Firewalls, virus protection, and anti-malware solutions are designed to keep your computer safe, but they aren’t much help for the information you are sending and receiving on the internet. For that level of protection and online privacy, you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
Not only will a VPN will help to keep your information private, it will protect your online identity, and allow you access to a free and open internet.
Keep Your Information Private
The main benefit of a VPN is data encryption. As long as you are connected to a VPN, data that flows through the connection is encrypted. Even on public networks like you’d find at the local coffee house or library. Personal information that you want to keep private stays private. And even if hackers were to trick you into using an “evil twin” network, they still wouldn’t be able to bypass the encryption.
Circumvent Internet Censorship
Let’s face it. The internet isn’t as free as we’d like it to be. There is plenty of censorship to go around. Using a VPN will help you to bypass any restrictions placed on your browsing, streaming, and downloading activities. You’ll be able to get the content that you want without Big Brother looking over your shoulder at every keystroke that you make.
A VPN also helps you shake off any internet tracking, from advertisers to social media sites that love to gather every bit of information they can dig up on you and sell to third parties.
Escape Restrictive Governments
But in the end, ISPs are just serving at the whim of restrictive governments. The most restrictive governments, like China, Iran, and North Korea, will not allow their internet users to access to sites that the rest of the world takes for granted. By using a VPN, internet users can skirt around barriers as strong as the Great Firewall of China for access to an unrestricted internet.