Have you ever been surfing the internet and wondered who can see what you are doing online, like your ISP or even the government? Have you ever visited a country only to have your favourite websites or videos on YouTube be blocked? Have you ever torrented movies or music and wondered if it really is worth the risk?
If any of the above rings true with you, then this is why you need a VPN (Virtual Private Network) today.
So many people believe VPNs to be illegal but that is simply not true. To put it simply, a VPN is a piece of software that you install on your device (laptop or smartphone) and it will allow you to change the IP address associated with that device, thus allowing you to appear in a completely different country to the one you are in.
For the more technological advanced people out there, the VPN server acts as a gateway (or tunnel) to the internet, and all your internet data is routed through it. Because that data is encrypted by the VPN software, your ISP or anyone else for that matter can no longer see what you are doing, providing you with complete privacy.
The side benefit of this, and what most people use a VPN for is that by changing your IP address to a different country, you are free to access content in that country that was previously blocked to you. For example, Netflix subscribers in India only have access to around 755 titles, compare to the USA who have over 5000 titles. A list showing the size of Netflix catalog’s around the world and VPNs to use to unblock them can be seen in more detail at BestVPN.com.
Free Vs Paid VPNs
Naturally, everyone wants something for free and that is true in the VPN space. There is a whole host of free VPNs to choose from but what is the real cost of using a free VPN?
Firstly, most free VPNs come with bandwidth or speed restrictions meaning that torrenting or streaming really would be impossible. Other more unscrupulous free VPN providers are full of adverts and in some rare cases can infect your device with malicious malware.
However if you want to try before you buy then a free VPN is a great way to test the water. Again, BestVPN.com list a number of trusted free VPN services here. They also show you how to get a fully featured premium VPN by taking advantage of a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Premium VPNs do come at a cost, some cheaper than others, but you won’t be disappointed. You will be treated with the fastest speeds, highest encryption, zero limitation on bandwidth usage and able to install the software on multiple devices.
To finish up let’s recap on the questions we asked at the beginning of this article. When using a VPN, you are afforded complete privacy so neither your ISP or government officials can see what you are doing online. A VPN will change your IP address to whichever country you want to be in allowing you to unblock content such as videos, websites and mobile apps. And finally you can torrent movies and music to your hearts content without fear of prosecution or penalties enforced by your ISP.
So the only question left to ask is, if you haven’t already got a VPN, why?