More and more internet users are turning to VPNs to protect the privacy of their Internet connection. You could be one of them, but why exactly? Here are 5 reasons to adopt a VPN on your devices!
On the web, in online videos, you’re bound to have heard of VPN, even if you don’t know exactly what those three letters refer to. Here is their meaning and it is simple: Virtual Private Network! A VPN is a virtual private network that creates an encrypted and secure connection between your computer and the sites you want to reach.
You may already be using a VPN for your work, for example to connect from home or on the road to your company’s intranet. A “commercial” VPN is quite similar in its operation: it is about encrypting your connection to the Internet. Nevertheless, a VPN in the sense that we mean it here, is also a service that offers many advantages and opens new possibilities in terms of privacy protection and bypassing certain restrictions on the Internet.
Here are 5 good reasons to subscribe to a VPN service, which have a concrete impact on your digital life.
1. To surf the Internet safely and protect yourself from cyber attacks
The term cyber attack can encompass a wide variety of acts. A cyber attack can be aimed at stealing data, extorting money from the user or even parasitizing the resources of a device to spread spam or mine crypto-currencies.
There are many types of cyberattacks based on installing malware, diverting to a fraudulent site or simply using social engineering to extract information from the user. A VPN can protect you from certain cyber attacks, including so-called “man in the middle” attacks, where an intermediary can break into a network such as a public Wi-Fi access point to steal information.
It is important to know that these networks are not always well protected and data can travel in clear text. With a VPN, the connection to the Internet is encrypted and data security is guaranteed. Several VPN services also offer protection against fraudulent sites and malicious downloads.
2. Unblock certain content not available in your country (Netflix, Disney+…)
Video streaming services such as Netflix or Disney+ or the catch-up service offered by TV channels are very practical and allow you to watch movies, series or shows from your PC or smartphone.
However, these services are subject to certain requirements that we are not necessarily aware of. A movie can be present on the American version of Disney+ but absent from the French catalog due to media chronology issues.
Abroad, you may not be allowed to watch the replay of a French channel because it has broadcasting rights only for France. A VPN allows you to connect to thousands of servers in many countries.
By choosing an American server, the streaming service “localizes” the content according to the country it sees and you can therefore access the catalog of this service even with a French subscription. When traveling to Spain or Italy, you can catch up on your favorite show by connecting to a French server.
3. Get better prices for your vacations with a VPN
You have probably already encountered this situation when you want to book a flight or a hotel. You connect and you notice some interesting prices. You come back and these prices have changed. The booking sites see your IP address and your cookies.
They can then know your geolocation and adjust their prices according to it, or by detecting that you are a recurrent visitor, which can show that you are particularly interested in a booking. Here again, the VPN allows you to hide your IP address, choose your geolocation and browse without leaving any trace.
This is very useful when making reservations because you keep control of your geographical location and you can get the best prices by comparing different parameters.
4. To remain discreet and anonymous with your ISP
The point of a VPN is to ensure a truly private and secure connection. When you connect to a VPN, it creates an encrypted connection that passes through the server. This means that your traffic is not tracked, especially by your Internet service provider.
Whatever your reasons for using the Internet, you don’t necessarily want your ISP to be able to track you, and that’s what a VPN service guarantees.
5. To sometimes gain in connection speed
VPNs are sometimes talked about in the context of censorship, but before you get to that point, you may find that certain activities or sites are slowed down by your ISP.
Here again we find the interest of a truly anonymous and secure connection: since you are “invisible”, your ISP cannot see that you are connecting to these sites and cannot slow down the flow.
And beyond the servers located on the other side of the planet, most VPN services have very fast servers located as close as possible to your home, and in this case you will be able to benefit from optimal speeds and without your ISP’s throttling.