Understanding the benefits of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help your organization decide whether to use it and how. In many cases, the advantages of using a VPN outweigh the cons.  When properly configured, it can greatly enhance your company’s security configuration. 

Security on Internet

A VPN is first and foremost a security solution. It establishes an encrypted communication tunnel between you and the Internet. Simply put, it creates a secure internet connection to protect you from external threats which is another advantage of using a VPN.

Your security is further enhanced with features like Kill Switch and Private DNS. Kill Switch will shut down your internet connection if the VPN is offline, so no sensitive data is leaked. Private DNS adds an extra layer of security to your searches and the data you send to websites when you visit them.

Better privacy

When it comes to VPNs, privacy is just as important as security. Much of your personal information can be collected if you are not using a VPN. This includes your searches, the websites you visit, your activity on those sites, or even your name, email address, phone number, and location.

By encrypting all your traffic and changing your IP address, a VPN app effectively eliminates these problems. When you are connected to a VPN, neither your ISP (Internet Service Provider) nor the bad guys can see your online activity. On top of that, you can even hide the fact that you’re using a VPN if you connect to one of the obfuscated servers. 

Stream regionally blocked websites

People know this problem all too well. You pay for a streaming service or visit a website in one area, only to find yourself stuck in another or if you want to watch something on the internet but all of sudden it shows you that your country has a restriction for it. Finding a solution can be a problem but there are ways for it and they are so easy to approach if you know where to look. If you want to watch Netflix, for instance, unblocking access using VPN is possible. There are even free VPN options that may work with Netflix and other streaming sites. Movies, shows, videos, it doesn’t matter, you will be able to watch all the content that was restricted in your country without worrying about unexpected surprises. Sit back and enjoy!

Saving money

While any good VPN costs money, it can also save you money. Some websites keep a log of your activity and use this information to increase prices. This is especially common with airline tickets and accommodation bookings. The more you visit to check prices, the higher they go. To fix this damage, clear your browsing history and cache, and connect to the VPN. Sometimes the prices of goods and services vary by location. You can try switching VPN servers to get an even better offer.

Unrestricted internet access

The Internet can be like an open ocean that you can explore without constraints or limitations. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Oppressive governments tend to heavily censor the Internet for their citizens, while fewer Internet restrictions or tweaks may apply depending on where you live.

You can bypass oppressive censorship and freely access the wonders of the World Wide Web by connecting to a VPN server. Secure encryption won’t let anyone track your online activity, so you can enjoy the best Internet without worrying. 

Prevent internet tracking

Your ISP, or Internet service provider, tracks your online activity and may share this data with advertisers, government agencies, and other third parties without your knowledge or consent. They do this for a variety of reasons, not all of which are harmful, but nonetheless an invasion of privacy. Some countries require ISPs to store your digital activity data, while others, such as the US, allow ISPs to openly sell your browsing data to advertisers and data brokers.

If that’s not enough of a reason to use a VPN, remember that they also have access to your passwords, social media data, and physical location. 

Scalability of a network

While a private network can help you start a business, the cost of network expansion can be very high. If you use a VPN server, you can provide simultaneous access to multiple employees and remote workers. You can also run key applications in a cloud environment and provide access to them through a secure VPN tunnel.

This can include anything from email to full-featured applications that you normally run on the desktop. When employees connect to the VPN, they access another computer that you use to run the applications they need. Every employee with credentials can access the VPN and the application. Adding more employees means providing more bandwidth if needed, and credentials for each new team member.  

Stay anonymous

One of the most commonly cited reasons to use a VPN is anonymous browsing. There are many reasons why you might want to stay anonymous while browsing online, many of which are related to the benefits of a VPN discussed above. You don’t even know sometimes why you want to stay anonymous online until the consequences of oversharing hit you in the face.

In modern society, we all depend on the Internet for everything. We want to access information, communicate with friends and family, and shop online. All of this can be done when connected to a virtual private network (VPN) service. It is an essential tool for Internet freedom. Governments, ISPs, businesses, and advertisers all track internet users. Internet Freedom allows you to surf any website without worrying about your privacy. 

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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