What is a VPN?

Getting down to business, a VPN is a “Virtual Private Network”. It is essentially a secure tunnel between two or more devices, creating a private network that can be run through an otherwise public and publicly accessible network. What this tunnel does is it protects private web trafficking from being censored, interfered with or spied upon, and it encrypts the data that passes through the tunnel connection.

The biggest benefit of a VPN is to protect your information while it passes between servers. When your information passes through the virtual private network, it is encrypted, making it extremely difficult for people to access, decrypt or hijack your personal, private information. Using a VPN therefore makes your connection more secure. Your identity while using a VPN is kept anonymous, making it difficult to trace you.

So, who can best benefit from using a VPN? The answer is everyone. Individual and private users can get a lot of use out of installing a VPN on their desktop, laptop, or mobile device. For instance, using a VPN in another country can allow you to bypass any Internet restrictions that country may have in place. China is famously known for censoring Internet content, but using a VPN can allow an individual to skirt around the censorships and access the information that they need. You can also use a VPN to access geo-restricted content that is otherwise only available in another country or region; for example, Netflix USA has very different (and significantly more) content than Netflix Canada does, so using a VPN and connecting to a US-based server will immediately give you access to the additional content. Another example: if you want to access personal or private information using an unsecured Internet connection, like logging into your bank account while sipping a latte at your local coffeehouse, using the public and open WiFi that the coffeehouse provides can severely increase your risk of having information intercepted by someone else using the same (unsecured) connection. Using a VPN will encrypt your information and therefore make it more secure from the nefarious coffeehouse goers.

You can also get a lot of use out of using a VPN if you like to work remotely or travel a lot for your company. This way, you can work with ease of mind that the critical data you’re delivering and receiving from your company’s server is safe and not at risk for being hacked or stolen.

By now, you may be thinking to yourself, “I need a VPN right now.” Well, we offer a VPN service that is already set up and ready for you to use today. It is our priority to maximize your privacy, and we make using a VPN even easier for you. Our VPN service, labeled “PrivateVPN”, is compatible with Windows, Linux, and MacOS systems, and we also provide access on iOS and Android devices; this means that you can use our service on most computers and mobile devices. We also provide OpenVPN keys and configuration files, in case you want to configure your own devices (either mobile, or network devices such as routers running special firmware, DD-WRT or Tomato, for example) to connect to the VPN without using our PrivateVPN branded applications. We have servers located in 48 countries, and we’re still looking to expand even further, so you can mask your location to show anywhere in the world, or be physically located anywhere and still be close enough to the server to ensure the lowest latency and fastest speeds possible.

In order to get started, all you need to do is sign-up for our VPN service, download our PrivateVPN app and enter the login credentials supplied to you via email after sign-up.

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