A virtual private network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask your internet protocol (IP) address so your online actions are virtually untraceable.
In very simple terms, a VPN connects your device (PC, phone...) to a server somewhere on the internet, and allows you to browse the internet using that computer’s internet connection.
Here are the most popular benefits:
Change your location
Using a VPN changes your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you were in the UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, or any other country where the VPN service has servers. The encryption and anonymity that a VPN provides helps protect your online activities: sending emails, shopping online, or paying bills. VPNs also help keep your web browsing anonymous.
A higher protection of your privacy
Changing your IP address with a VPN helps shield your identity from websites, apps, and services that want to track your. The VPN can hide: your browsing history, your IP address, your location, your devices and your web activity.
Maybe in your country there are some sites which are restricted as a result of Internet censorship and filtering. Some websites are blocked more frequently than others, such as social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and news websites. Using a VPN will let you regain access to the free internet. It can be used to break through firewalls or office networks, too.
The virtual private network technology has raised during the COVID-19 pandemic because it is essential for countering the increased security risks. If you are working remotely, I am sure that you are using a VPN.
Some examples are: NordVPN, ExpressVPN, Surfshark or CyberGhost. You have to pay for all of them.
VPN vs Tor
The most powerful solution for online privacy is to use both. You can combine VPN and Tor network but most of the VPN have to be paid and not everyone likes that.
This is one of the main differences: tor is free to use.
Now that you have learned all the pros of both technologies, I will explain the cons:
- Low connection speed.
- Some providers block Tor´s nodes on their net.
- Traffic on the last node is not encrypted.
- There are some free VPNs, but almost all are so bad. If you want a good service, you will have to pay which is a BIG con.
- Some VPN can slow down your connection speed, just like Tor.
Hope you find this post useful :)