7 most interesting uses of a VPN
  • Vote Up0Vote Down venynxvenynx
    Posts: 2,619Member
    VPNs are well known and trusted tools for protecting users’ privacy
    when browsing the Internet. But if you think this is the only thing they
    are capable of, you are wrong. From getting cheaper flight tickets to
    streaming your favorite TV series – there are dozens of everyday
    situations where you could enjoy the benefits of virtual private

    What a VPN does, it routes your Internet traffic via a remote VPN
    server and hides your actual IP address. That means no one, not even
    your ISP (internet service provider), can see what you do and where you
    go on the Internet. The only thing visible to anyone trying to snoop on
    your activities will be the fact that you are using a VPN, and the
    address of the VPN server you are connected.

    On top of that, all the data sent and received is strongly encrypted,
    so even if someone manages to intercept your connection, they won’t be
    able to read it. While this setup makes VPN a reliable tool to secure
    your online activities, it also allows you to bypass geographical
    restrictions, avoid bandwidth throttling, and do a bunch of other
    awesome things that you probably didn’t know were possible. Let’s take a
    look at what you can do with your VPN once you get one.

    7 cool ways to use your VPN
    1. Avoid bandwidth throttling
    you think of anything more annoying than constant buffering when
    watching funny Youtube videos or streaming your favorite TV series?
    Unfortunately, bandwidth throttling can happen to anyone trying to
    access streaming services, file sharing platforms, and online gaming
    websites. If there’s anyone to blame, it’s your ISP.

    Bandwidth throttling happens when your ISP attempts to reduce
    bandwidth congestion and regulate network traffic, and it has a direct
    impact on how fast you can stream and download content online.

    A VPN helps you avoid bandwidth throttling and slow connection speeds.

    woman streaming media content

    VPN encrypts your Internet traffic so that your ISP can no longer see
    it. And if they can’t see it, they can’t control it, right? So now that
    the secret is out, the solution is as easy as this: open your VPN app,
    pick a server, and enjoy the Internet without your ISP slowing you down.

    2. Access your favorite websites when abroad
    Let’s keep this
    straight – a VPN helps you access websites and services that may be
    blocked outside your country or region. But why are they blocked in the
    first place?

    Actually, there may be several reasons why you have trouble accessing
    the same streaming sites you are used to visiting at home, or can’t log
    in to your Facebook account when traveling abroad. It mostly depends on
    where in the world you are right now.

    backpacker using laptop on a beach

    You’d be surprised how many countries are known for heavy censorship
    and restrictions. So if you happen to be in any of them, chances are you
    won’t be able to access popular social media sites, such as Facebook,
    Twitter, etc., online streaming services and many other websites that
    are normally available in your country.

    If that’s not the case, the content you are trying to access may be
    blocked due to copyright agreements that are issued on
    country-by-country basis. To put it simply, you may not be able to use
    the service you are paying for while on vacation or a business trip

    A VPN helps you securely bypass content restrictions and censorship
    by allowing to virtually change your location. If, for example, you are
    exploring the world but don’t want to miss that TV episode everyone is
    talking about, simply pick a server that is located in your home
    country. This way, you will get the services and content available

    3. Save money on flight tickets, hotels, and car rentals
    Did you
    know that a VPN can help you to book a cheaper vacation? This is only a
    matter of leveraging currencies and points of sale to your advantage.

    You may know that clearing your browser cookies or, better still,
    browsing in an incognito mode can help you avoid flight rates increasing
    based on your searches. However, this method is often not enough,
    because prices may vary in different countries.

    Thus, the trick of saving some money is to make it appear as if you
    are browsing from a country where the prices are lower. Since your IP
    address quite precisely reveals your geographical location, what you
    need to do is hide it. This can be easily done with a VPN. When you
    connect to a VPN server, your IP is replaced with the IP address of the
    preferred location.

    So, for example, if the tickets to your desired destination cost less
    when booked via a French website rather than in the U.K, simply pick a
    server that is located in France. That’s it – the website will think you
    are browsing from France, while you will be comfortably planning your
    vacation at home in the U.K.

    4. Download and upload files securely
    P2P (Peer-to-Peer) file
    sharing has a number of legitimate reasons, such as distributing
    open-source software, public domain videos, or simply sharing large sets
    of data across the network. However, many ISPs are not that excited
    about their customers engaging in P2P activities, which results in much
    slower connection speeds, bandwidth limits, or even restricted access to
    file-sharing websites.

    But your ISP may not be the only bad guy here. The thing is that all
    the users participating in the same network can see each other’s IP
    addresses. This could impose a serious security threat, opening a door
    to cybercriminals. You sure don’t want that.

    man working from home

    So the good news here is that with a VPN turned on, you can use P2P
    without your ISP slowing you down and stay safe at the same time. With a
    VPN, your IP stays hidden and all your Internet traffic is encrypted so
    that no one can see or intercept it.

    5. Don’t worry about public Wi-Fi security
    How many times have you
    heard and ignored the warning: “Think twice before using public Wi-Fi?”
    Well, you know what? With a VPN protecting your Internet traffic, you
    can confidently connect to any public Wi-Fi hotspot provided at a hotel,
    train, airport or your favorite coffee shop.

    female traveller browsing in a shopping mall

    It’s true that public Wi-Fi networks are often poorly secured, or
    they don’t offer any protection at all. So basically even a junior
    hacker could intercept an unencrypted Wi-Fi connection by using a simple
    and well known “Evil Wi-Fi Twin Hotspot” technique. The risk is even
    greater if you partake in risky behaviors, such as shopping online,
    checking your work inbox, making financial transactions, etc.

    So to stay on the safe side, you’ll need a reliable VPN. Its
    encrypted connections will ensure your data remains safe, and even if a
    hacker manages to intercept it, they won’t be able to use it for
    nefarious purposes.

    So, go ahead, get yourself a VPN
    By now you may have a pretty good idea why you may need a VPN service.
    Not only are VPNs used for protecting users’ privacy, they also help
    bypass censorship and geo-restrictions, get more from online services,
    and even save some money.

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!

Top Posters

Who's Online (0)