It’s a padlock for your digital life — 10 reasons why EVERYBODY should use a VPN
VPNs used to be just something that was reserved for corporate employees, allowing them to securely log into their company intranets safe from prying eyes. But if the news about increased hacks from nefarious individuals and even governments continue to increase, more and more people are turning to personal VPNs to up their digital security. The reasons for this are myriad. But in an increasingly connected world, security and privacy is paramount. We do more on our computers and phones than ever before these days, from banking to communicating, so it stands to reason that you want your data nice and secure.
The UK passed a bill that will allow the government to surveil the public’s internet history – this bill is known as the Snooper’s Charter. It will require ISPs to store 12 month’s worth of search history per account and, at its core, is basically the most Orwellian piece of legislation passed in modern history. Make no mistake: this is a huge deal and a massive kick in the nuts for anyone that believes in freedom, liberty and the right to privacy.
If you haven’t used a VPN before, now is the time to get one – now is the time you NEED one. Making sure all your internet activity and communications are end-to-end encrypted is now more important than ever before.
For this reason, everybody should use a VPN.
A simple Google search reveals that more and more people are turning to VPNs in order to access the internet as it was designed to be accessed. Take this post from Quora, for instance:
“In the contemporary digital world, it has become a necessity to use VPN for all those who wants there online activities private. There are many laws that invades people’s privacy by monitoring their online activities and keeping their tracks on the internet. Plus, the geographical restrictions on the internet is another big reason, because internet is supposed to be border less, but unfortunately it is not. These are two most important reasons to use VPN.”
But what is a VPN, you might ask? It stands for “virtual private network” and the VPN is just a secure connection of networked computers. “Networked computers” simply means “the internet” and a “secure connection” means that digital security keys are sent to between the two computers talking that ensure no other computer can pick up the data being sent between the two. In other words, the data is encrypted.
Why do you need a VPN in your life? The most obvious reasons are as follows:
- Anonymity: VPNs keep all your online activity and communications secure, along with your identity making them a must-have for anyone that is concerned about hackers, snooping or their privacy online. They also prevent your ISP from tracking your activities and allowing you to visit websites that aren’t allowed in your country, like Pirate Bay or streaming sites.
- Different IP Addresses: You can browse the web from different IP addresses, which is great for when you’re traveling. For instance: say you’re a British national in the US and you want to watch the BBC. Simple, just login in with a UK IP and you can. And it works the same in reverse, giving US citizens access to US content while outside the US.
- Wi-Fi Security: If you’re logging onto public Wi-Fi networks like the ones used inside airports and coffee shops, a VPN will keep your details secure, hiding you behind a layer of encryption thereby making it impossible for hackers to access your personal data.
A lot of people in the past few years have become familiar with VPNs thanks to Netflix. How it works was simple: you install a VPN, activate it and, BOOM, you’re watching US Netflix. Netflix in the US, in case you didn’t know, is VASTLY superior to what we have here in the UK. And by vast, I mean like the difference between a petrol station garage shop and Tesco Extra.
I’d like to say this is the main the reason for why VPNs are so popular, but the truth is they have been around for a lot longer than Netflix. The benefits of using a VPN to access different regional versions of Netflix, however, did push the idea of VPNs into the mainstream – hell, even my mum has one!
The image below is from last year, but it shows just how many people, back then, were using a VPN to access Netflix.