Many people think a VPN is just required if you are downloading torrents or perhaps streaming from unconfirmed sources and using applications like Kodi, Terrarium or others. Well there are some others that you may want to checkout when deciding if you need a VPN.
1 CONTROL YOUR OWN PRIVACY
Quite simply there are more and more threats to your security in the online world, from email accounts to cloud storage. All of these activities are potential targets and therefore using a VPN and having robust encryption protocol will certainly assist in todays dangerous world!
2 PUBLIC WI-FI
If you are like me, then you are always keen to save data and connect to public WI-FI this can be anywhere from Shops and restaurants to airports and hotels. This is where you maybe most vulnerable to 'attack' as you have little control on the access point. Its over public wi-fi that you are most likely to get hacked or infected with malware and stumble into phishing scams. The good news is most reputable VPNs will protect you from these.
3 AVOIDING CENSORSHIP
In some locations the internet is highly censored and restricted. A VPN can change your IP location to make it look you are somewhere else in the world. This can also be a great tool to use to access your local countries content from abroad - such as watching BBC IPLAYER when outside of the UK.
4 SECURE MESSAGING
Its not just securing your emails that is vital, any online messaging service has the potential to be targeted and therefore using a VPN whilst using services like Skype, WhatsApp and Snapchat will mean that all of these messages are encrypted and therefore your conversations remain private!
5 BYPASS RESTRICTIONS
In some locations using the internet in a School, Library or other public location, you may find censorship has been built in. There is one example of a woman who had recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer was unable to research and find out more just after as there was a restriction built in to the public wi-fi of the term 'Breast' A VPN therefore allows unrestricted access and bypasses any, sometimes understandable, unreasonable restrictions.
6 AVOID TRACKING & ADVERTISERS
I know you've been there, you are thinking of buying a kettle, you spend 20 minutes researching, and then for the next week every advert on every website relates to bloody kettles! Using a VPN will mean that there is no record and therefore target ads will disappear and be replaced with random ones. I know this is very much a first world problem but it can get frustrating!
7 LOCATION AND REPEAT VISIT PRICING
Although as yet unproven, it is believed to be common practice that you may get offered different prices dependant on your location, this can sometimes be higher! There is also a belief that someone repeatedly checking airline ticket prices for example, may get the identical price each time when a customer who is a 'first' visitor or privately looking may get a reduced fare. This is because previous visits are recorded and therefore they know what they quoted you before. Now this may sound unbelievable but a VPN in this circumstance would eliminate the doubt!
SO WHAT NOW?
We at allthingst3ch.com use IPVanish but there are many others you can try. Our experience is that you will get a far better service with a paid VPN. I am sure there are many good VPNs out there but the main reasons we use IPVanish are:
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