Why should I use a VPN?
You may have seen recently that theres been a rise in users and educated ones at that advising users, lets say, a VPN would be quite beneficial to start using. Ok thats cool thanks for that, but what is a VPN and why should I use a VPN.
A Virtual Private Networks (VPN) allows you to connect to the internet via a server run by a VPN provider. All data traveling between your computer, phone or tablet, and this “VPN server” is securely encrypted. As a result of this setup, VPNs:
- Provide privacy by hiding your internet activity from your ISP (and government)
- Allow you to evade censorship (by school, work, your ISP, or government)
- Allow you to “geo-spoof” your location in order to access services unfairly denied to you based on your geographical location (or when you are on holiday)
- Protect you against hackers when using a public WiFi hotspot
- Allow you to P2P download in safety.
Ok so now you know what one is, what actual benefit will it have for me in the real world. Well apart from all those listed above, which in my eyes are pretty dam important it has other real world uses. Example, I was away in Cyprus with work just a few months ago and I couldn’t even watch my bloody BBC iPlayer as it was Geo locked content, which in simple terms means I am not in the country so I cant watch it, well sod that, post install of VPN I was watching my iPlayer with no issues at all, it takes the nuance of not being able to watch content which I pay for (Via a UK TV Licence).
Ok so your getting why it a bit as to why should I use a VPN. Theres some other huge benefits too. If you are reading this post you are probably a follower to my videos and Twitter and know that I provide ways and tutorials (for educational purposes only 🙂 ) to watch and stream content thats freely available on the internet, but in a user friendly way with an awesome bit of black magic called KODI. Now there has been plenty, and I mean plenty of scaremongering about users getting letters from ISP or threatening troll style letters saying you will get up to a 10K fine for watching content!! Now, the only genuine part of this all really are the letters from your ISP who will notice what you are watching, where from and so on, they will send you a letter advising you that theres other ways to watch content, with a hefty monthly subscription of course, jeez they just don’t get it do they! Any way lets NOT Let them look at what we are watching, lets make it impossible for them to know, voila a VPN comes in to play again.
Lets see a nice visual, oooooohhh thats nice!
So you see that your ISP wouldn’t be able to see what you are watching in the comfort of your own home. Now I personally use IPVanish and some of the awesome build developers recommended it, and its super simple to use and can be installed on any device, yes, even your Android Boxes. I haven’t had an issue with it since install, it does give me piece of mind though, and that I like. The following is direct from IPVanish.com
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Our VPN software and VPN apps deliver a robust suite of privacy tools with cohesive design and simplicity in mind. We do all the heavy-lifting so you can stop sacrificing your security for convenience. Click once to connect, and you’re on your way!
Our VPN software is smart, and it knows when your device can be exploited. Whether your VPN connection type is being blocked or you’ve joined a public network, we’ll remind you to stay safe when it matters most.
As the only Top Tier VPN service provider, we provide the fastest connection speeds in the industry. We will never throttle your connection either, so you can max your internet speed like never before!
One thing I wouldn’t recommend is FREE VPNS, why, well you won’t get the peace, you know what, my missis has a saying, “You get what you pay for” I will let you have a think about that.
So the question that sparked this blog post, Why should I use a VPN, my answer, you just should, its peace of mind if nothing else. Happy streaming you awesome people. Stay safe.
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