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Hey Avie, Do I need a VPN?
You may have heard the term “VPN” in your travels. Frequently, I get the question – “Do I need to use a VPN?” If that was you, or perhaps you haven’t asked just yet, I’ll address it right here.
Face it - Your data can be at risk even if you're smart with it. Often, the data you entrust to 3rd parties is at risk. Your regular Internet usage sometimes involves connecting to Public Wi-Fi. You may attempt to browse confidentially on your home or office router (even in incognito mode), or travel outside your normal location, even on restricted networks, however, all of these may expose your data and present security concerns.
So…how might a VPN help me?
First, let's answer the question: "What is a VPN?"
VPN stands for “virtual private network” — a service that protects your internet connection and privacy online. A VPN creates an encrypted tunnel for your data, protects your online identity by hiding your IP address, and allows you to use public Wi-Fi hotspots more safely.
Your data is vulnerable by default
Once you’re connected to the web, every piece of your traffic goes through your internet service provider (ISP). That’s just how the internet works. To reach a website you have to send a request to the ISP, which directs you towards your destination. As a result, all that you do online is an open book for the ISP.
Without proper protection, there is no restriction that prevents your ISP from tracking and logging your online behavior, selling the data to advertisers, or handing it over to the authorities. Ethical ISPs that protect the privacy of their clients are few and far between. And even if your ISP is trustworthy, the government can compel it to give up your browsing history.
Unless you use a VPN
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) routes your internet traffic through a VPN tunnel – an encrypted connection between your device and the destination on the web. Not only does a VPN tunnel encrypt your data, but it also hides your IP address and location. Like an armored van, it takes you from point A to point B in total secrecy, shielding you from any dangers that lurk outside.
Why do you need a VPN?
No one likes to be watched or tracked — even if they have nothing to hide. That’s why it’s important you step up your privacy game. When you’re browsing through a VPN, your traffic is encrypted so no one can see what you do online. Here are a few more reasons why you need a VPN:
You use public Wi-Fi regularly
A VPN is used to secure your connection on public Wi-Fi, so you can browse in full privacy. Hackers have many methods to steal your data on public hotspots, but with a VPN your online traffic is invisible to them.
You want to access your content, but are out of the Country
If you want to access your home content while travelling around the world, a VPN can help localize your connection. By using a VPN on your device, you'll never miss a friend’s post on social media or lose access to a restricted website. Here is a link to a 6:43-minute video created by my Affiliate – NordVPN that explains in more detail how a VPN works: https://askavie.click/howvpnworks
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