4 Good Reasons To Choose A VPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) as the name suggests, is really just a virtual version of a secure physical network, increasingly used by businesses these days – a web of computers linked together to share files and other information and resources. They are however not just an extremely valuable resource for connecting employees in remote locations to central work servers. They connect to the outside world via the Internet and in fact the majority of modern ones are encrypted, which means that the devices, computers and other networks which connect to them do this via encrypted tunnels, so that they can secure general Internet traffic besides corporate assets.
4 Reasons To Set Up A VPN
- You can use it to connect securely to a remote network via the Internet. Most businesses set up VPNs so that their staff can access files, applications, printers and other resources on the office network without compromising their corporate security but you can also set up your own VPN so that you can safely access your secure home network while you are away.
- VPNs are especially useful for securely connecting multiple networks together. For this precise reason, most businesses, both small and large, are reliant on a VPN to share servers and other resources on their network between multiple offices or branches all round the world. Even if you are not concerned with a chain of offices, you can still use the same method to connect multiple home networks or or other networks for your own personal use.
- If online security is a concern of yours, it is smart security practice to connect to your secure encrypted VPN while you are on a public or possibly untrustworthy network, such as a Wi-Fi hotspot in a coffee shop, etc. Due to the fact that the VPN encrypts your web traffic it will help to stump those hackers who are trying to snoop on your browsing to steal your passwords and gain access to your accounts.
- Finally, one of the best reasons to set up a VPN is to get around the regional restrictions (called geoblocking) on certain websites. VPNs are used all the time by journalists and political dissidents in order to circumvent the state censorship in certain countries and areas. You however can use your own VPN for your recreational purposes, for example connecting to a British one to watch BBC iPlayer outside the UK. Since your traffic is routed through the VPN, it will look as if you are just another visitor from Britain.
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