How to use a VPN
There are many use-cases for virtual private networks. For the most part, using a VPN is fairly simple regardless of the purpose. But here is a collection of ways in which people regularly benefit from VPN protection and how they use them.
It helps to know what the primary reasons you would want to use a VPN for. These can be loosely categorised into either security, anonymity, or increased internet freedom.
Increase your online security
Virtual Private Networks primarily provide additional security in two ways. Firstly, they apply advanced encryption to all your internet traffic. Secondly, they provide a bridge (or node) between your device or network, and the rest of the world. Combined, this protects you from anyone intercepting your traffic and logging your data.
Simply connecting to a VPN gateway, by choosing a server and clicking connect will greatly enhance your preventative internet security.
Retain your anonymity online
Creating a barrier between you and the rest of the world via a VPN gateway, also provides a degree of anonymity when using the internet. Specifically with regards to your IP address, which if regularly unmasked can provide an easy way to attribute your activity to you.
For whatever reason, internet users might like to ensure that their activity is separate from anything that can be attributed to their identity. Simple connecting to a VPN gateway significantly increases your abilities to use the internet somewhat anonymously.
Expand your internet freedom
The internet experience can vary greatly, region by region. There are numerous situations in which users might like to appear to be browsing from a different region to where they currently reside. Whether it be for conducting internet research, or accessing different content streaming options, a VPN can allow you to choose your location. This significantly increases your online freedom.
Regional based restrictions or even government surveillance are often what drive users to VPN solutions. With encrypted traffic and a gateway barrier between you and the services you access, you can browse with greater freedom.
And it’s not only about changing your location. There are situations in which a user’s bandwidth can become “throttled”, such as an ISP restricting the allowance when you play your favourite game or stream your favourite show. By encrypting your traffic and connecting via a VPN gateway, you hide your activity from your ISP and continue more freely.