What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It is essentially a tunnel that allows your information to travel online securely, providing you with a safe way to access the internet.
A VPN encrypts your data, which means your data is converted into a code that only the VPN server can decipher. The VPN server also masks your IP address which makes you unrecognisable to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the rest of the internet. This means your ISP and cybercriminals are not able to track your internet activity.
A good VPN service will keep you anonymous by changing your IP address, and will utilise high-end security features to prevent hackers from accessing the private tunnel connecting you to the internet.
Not all VPN services are secure, in fact some cheap and free VPN services are setup by cybercriminals as a way to easily gain access to your activity, usernames and passwords and other critical information.
Why should i use a VPN?
The internet is made up of a vast number of servers hosting different services such as streaming services, social networks, instant messaging, online banking, online retailers, educational services and much more. These services are meant for public use, which means these services are meant to be accessed by anyone. Services that are open to access by anyone are also open to probing and attacks from cybercriminals looking for security weaknesses and when they find a weakness, they will exploit them to plant Malware to steel your information.
Anyone who accesses an unsecured network is a potential target for a cyberattack. Therefore, if you connect to the internet through an unsecured connection you are exposing yourself to an extreme amount of risk. If you have ever accessed the internet while you are away from home or the office, scrolling through Facebook while waiting for a coffee or doing some online shopping while waiting for a train or catching up on some last minute work while you are at the airport you are potentially exposed to a cyberattack of one form or another which you may not be aware of.
Connecting to the internet means that you are transmitting information over an unsecured connection and this information can be captured by anybody with the tools and the desire.
In the US, a VPN is more essential then ever. With the loss of Net Neutrality, your ISP has the freedom to data mine, sell your data, and even block sites that they don’t want you visiting. A VPN protects against all these actions.
While no online security method is 100% secure, VPNs are one of the most effective means of maintaining online privacy.
Is a VPN Legal to use?
VPN’s are perfectly legal to use in most countries.
Just because a VPN is legal to use does not mean it can or should be used for illegal activities. If you engage in illegal activities while using a VPN, law enforcement agencies can collect information from your VPN provider or VPN server.
As internet censorship increases around the world, many governments have instituted laws in an attempt to control internet usage and to censor what their citizens have access to. In order to gain even more control, these countries have limited or completely banned the use of Virtual Private Networks.
Countries where VPNs are currently banned or limited :
|Banned||Limited to approved VPNs only||Limited to Business use only|
If you plan to visit one of these countries it is recommended that you should look into what it could mean if you are caught using a banned VPN service.
Advantages of using a VPN
Provides a secure internet connection
EZPZDomains provieds VPN accounts and servers that use the worldwide standard in encryption – AES Encryption (more information).
AES Encryption is virtually uncrackable keeping your data safe from cyber criminals looking to steal your sensitive information.
Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new ways to steal your data – setting up a Public WiFi service is one of the ways cybercriminals can harvest your information.
Using a VPN will create an encrypted tunnel connecting your device to the internet so even if you are using a HotSpot or Public WiFi service that has been setup by a cybercriminal your information will pass through the tunnel unrecognised.
Masks your IP address
A VPN will mask your IP address and location.
(1) If you connect to the internet in the UK an IP address lookup will show your location as the UK.
(2) If you connect to the internet in the UK and connect to a VPN server located in the US an IP address lookup will show your location as the US.