Did you know that Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are being used by at least 25% of ALL internet users? And did you know that the current global VPN market has an estimated worth of almost 20.1 billion dollars? With the information and tips below, you can join the VPN conversation.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (or, VPN) is a service that provides you with an encrypted connection to a network. This allows you to keep your browsing hidden, and your data private.
How does a VPN work?
First, you choose a remote VPN server and connect to it. We love NordVPN because it makes this simple. Once you’re connected to this new server, you are assigned a new IP address.
Next, all your traffic goes through this connection and is encrypted so even if someone hacked into it, they wouldn’t be able to understand anything. Once it reaches the server it gets decrypted and goes to the intended destination – all lightening fast without you even noticing.
Let’s look at an example! Adam wants to check his online banking statement. He is at a local cafe, using the cafe’s public Wi-Fi connection. Adam does not want to log in to his bank account on a public connection since he fears his identity and banking information may be stolen by hackers or online snoops.
So, Adam connects to NordVPN so all his activity is encrypted then types in the web address for his bank. NordVPN sends Adam’s IP address and location through a virtual tunnel that encrypts his data and his computer’s location. This means that as Adam navigates his bank account, he is hidden from the bank website itself and everyone else – making it safe and secure.
Benefits of Using a VPN
Feel safe knowing a VPN protects you from identity theft and hackers try to snoop on your online activity. Using an unsafe network connection can leave you and your valuable personal data vulnerable to digital theft. This can lead to identity theft or hacked bank and email accounts that may take months or years to untangle.
Enjoy the Internet carefree and with no restrictions. Travelling out of the country for work and still want to watch your TV shows and sporting events? VPNs allow you to route your connection through servers all over the world. This means you can access content from anywhere, regardless of your actual location!
Have peace of mind knowing your data is always private. With NordVPN privacy is one click away. No one will be able to see which websites you visit or what files you download with a strict no log policy and automatic kill switch.
Regardless of where you are, feel secure. VPNs are most commonly used during travel, as a tool for maintaining security and convenience. Let’s say you landed at Heathrow Airport in London. In this crowded and busy space you can check your travel itinerary or answer some work emails securely with a VPN.
Feel secure across devices. VPNs are compatible with both Windows and Mac laptops and desktops, as well as smartphones, tablets, game consoles, routers and more. With NordVPN you can connect 6 devices at once!
Q. I’m using a wired internet connection instead of a Wi-Fi connection- would I still benefit from using a VPN?
A. Yes! VPN’s remain a critical cybersecurity step even if you are using a wired/ethernet connection.
Q. I mostly connect my computer and phone to private Wi-Fi connections- is a VPN still necessary?
A. Absolutely. While private networks reduce the chance of exposure to lurkers and cybercriminals using the same network, they cannot protect you from a targeted attack on your private network, or a data breach of your ISP (Internet Service Provider). #FixMeTip: With a simple to use app, VPNs are easily accessible on mobile devices!
Q. Can my smart TV be protected by a VPN? If so, why would that be an important step to take?
A. Most smart TV’s do not have a built-in VPN functionality- but do not fear! By setting up your router with a VPN, your smart TV will have a VPN connection from your router. Smart TV’s offer an in-depth look into our lives and habits, and they are indeed hackable. Using a VPN is a strong first defense in locking down these devices!
Still curious about VPNs?
Check out this video for a clear and short introduction to VPNs.