“Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn’t be the price we accept for just getting on the internet.”
- Gary Kovacs
Individuals and organisations collect information about you every time you travel from one website to the next, every time you click on a link to get to the next page. The value of that information may seem quaint to you, or you might even consider it meaningless, but is the driving force that powers a lot of companies.
Many a folks will tell you that you need to get a VPN to ensure your privacy and security when surfing the web. It not only dissuades unwelcomed eyes from prying on your daily online activity but also helps you experience a multitude of benefits that are not available to an average online surfer.
Let’s get a closer look at why you should consider using a VPN:
1. Security on Public Wi-Fi
Who hasn’t whiled away a few minutes (sometimes hours) online at their favorite coffee shop, or carefreely scrolling through social media at the airport? We all appreciate the ease of public Wi-Fi, but it comes with a cost: security. Such a Wi-Fi is shared with lots of people in the vicinity.
Without a secure VPN in place, all the information that you send and receive, including all kinds of sensitive and personal data, is vulnerable to cyber theft. Using a VPN protects your data while you are on other networks, hiding your browsing history, banking information, account passwords and ill-intentioned internet strangers.
2. Privacy from the Apps and Services you use
The big five of the tech world – GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft) – have been called out many a times for the ay they’ve used the data of their users. A VPN prevents applications and websites from attributing your behavior to your computer’s IP address. It also dissuades the collection of your browse history and location.
3. Privacy from your Internet Service Provider
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can access all your internet data – it can see when, where and how you browse. This information can be tracked, collected and sold to advertisers, and can prove dangerous in the wrong hands in the case of a data breach. Additionally, a VPN can hide your IP address from your own ISP.
4. Enhanced gaming experience
Using a gaming VPN may aid you in a variety of ways, including allowing access to other servers, boosting ping and lowering latency, and even defending you against DDoS attacks, by encrypting your internet connection and masking your IP address.
Many players use VPNs to unblock websites and gaming servers, access streaming content, or tap into their work networks. Hence many VPN companies have designed and started pitching their services to gamers as a new market.
5. Data Privacy from your Government
While your apps, internet data hubs, services, and ISPs sell the promise of being inconspicuous and not selling your browsing data to governments, the information nonetheless finds its way into their hands. al overreach, a VPN is a good investment in protecting your data.
6. Remote Work Security
A exceedingly useful feature of a VPN is its data encryption features. Encryption, or storage of data into a coded format so that it’s true meaning is obscured, allows you to keep confidential information safe. For an employer, a benefit is that workers can connect to your office network and look at sensitive materials on their own devices while away from the office.
It’s a good time to invest in a good VPN!