How to use a VPN
What is VPN And How Do You Use It?
VPN stands for virtual private network, and is typically used to create a private network between computers in a home or office, so that you can share data quickly, easily, and securely. Most VPN are used primarily for adding an extra layer of security to surfing the web, because you can encrypt all of your data before it hits the regular Internet. While virtual private networks have their own pros and cons, we will go over the basics, as well as information on how to get started. Depending on the type of connection, you can create a virtual network of networks, or computers, so you can access network resources (such as photo, documents, work information) while you’re not connected into the physical network.
A VPN is a virtual private network, which means that the network is typically constructed over the Internet, rather than using your own wiring. This allows you to connect computers that are in another room, or on the other side of the world. A Virtual Private Network is ideal for a variety of different situations, including remote employees, or easily chatting with your grandparents, children, or entomology group, to share data privately and securely. You use a VPN tunnel, usually provided by a retailer, to connect to your VPN. The tunnel encrypts all of your data, and allows you to access a virtual network of computers. Most virtual private networks also set up a firewall between you and your network, which makes it harder to track your computer. Most importantly, this means that all of your data is more secure, because it’s being sent over your encrypted network.
Examples include the networks that most college students are given access to, which they can use to access study files, due dates, and other information related to their course. These are usually provided for free.
How do you use a VPN?
Unless you’re a tech whiz, and because you’re reading this we’re going to assume you’re not, you’ll probably have to use a VPN service (read this review). This means downloading a VPN client, or using a VPN website, which sets up a tunnel via your browser. Most options are not free, but many are available for a low cost per month. Once you purchase and install, or choose an online VPN, you’ll typically have to sign up for an account, and then you can immediately start using it.
From there, you can use the web normally, except your data will be encrypted. You can also log into your virtual network to access any shared data or rooms on the network, or access other computers on the network in the case of a personal network rather than one set up for security.
What’s the Difference Between a VPN and a Proxy?
A VPN creates a private network which encrypts your data and allows you to connect to computers around the globe, but is most often used for secure data. Most web proxy’s simply offer secure or private search, but don’t necessary encrypt your data. Most will simply block your IP address, which makes it safer to browse the web, easier to access location restricted websites, and so on.
Do I Need a VPN?
Not everyone needs a VPN, but if you frequently download content, travel a great deal, use a lot of public WiFi, or frequently access or share data between computers in different homes or businesses, then a VPN may be a good fit for you. While setup will vary depending on what you want to do with your network, there are plenty of options for everyone. One thing to keep in mind is that while there are free VPN options available, most log your surfing and use the data to show relevant ads.