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How a VPN can benefit you

Are you new to the world of VPNs?  Maybe don’t really understand what they are, what it means or how it can help you?

Then this is the article for you.  I’ll try to give you some basic idea of what a VPN is and how you can use it in your normal everyday internet life.

I’m not going to bore you with all the technical details of how a VPN works, though I could if you really wanted me to 🙂  I’ll let Wikipedia do the dirty work for me.  Click here to read all the exciting stuff about a VPN.

You are here because you’ve heard of a VPN but don’t really quite understand how you can use one or why it is of benefit to you.

Some Benefits of a VPN:

  • Encrypts your connection on the internet so you are not traceable by your internet provider or others like the dreaded NSA.  Might not be important to a lot of us but this is important to some.
  • Watch Netflix, Hulu, etc. from out of country.  This is probably one of the biggest reasons VPNs have become so immensely popular in recent years.  With a good VPN service like Torguard, you can choose from a list of countries that you want to connect with.  If you want to watch US Netflix but don’t live in the US or are travelling, just open your trusty VPN service and choose one of many US locations to connect to.  Then open Netflix and voila!  You are seen to be coming from the US regardless of where you live or are staying.
  • Download movies or songs: This is the other big reason that VPN’s have become so popular.  Most of us know that downloading movies or music is illegal.  Yet many of us continue to do it.  Because it’s there.  I’m not going to talk about morals or anything like that – that isn’t my business and it’s not like I haven’t done it before.  But if you are downloading, realize that every time you do so, you are running a risk of being caught, possibly taken to court and you can be fined heavily.  A good, trusted VPN service takes care of that for you because the DMCA or RIAA or whoever is hunting for the download of the item you just grabbed simply won’t be able to trace you.  The only way one of these organizations could find you would be to subpoena records from your VPN provider.  But most good VPN providers don’t keep records.  Period.  So it is virtually impossible for you to be traced.  Talk about peace of mind if you care to download the occasional movie or song!!!!

I mention a number of times in the article to choose a good VPN service and you probably are wondering how you are to know which one is good and which ones aren’t.  I’m not here to sell you on any one service but I have personally been using Torguard for about 3 years now and did all my research on them before signing up.  They are stable and respond super quick the couple of times I’ve needed help.  And the other reason I went with them is I found a 50% off promo code and I like a bargain.  And I’ve been happy ever since.  So check them out if you want, like I say I’m not trying to sell you on it, it doesn’t make me any money.  But to save some money click here for Torguard promo code . That way if you do decide to use them, you can save some money.

Thanks for reading, I really appreciate it.  I’m new at this blogging thing but hope to be able to post regularly so please stop by often to see new articles.  And I’d love feedback so feel free to leave comments – Good, bad or otherwise!

 

 

VPNs and your privacy

A lot has been written about online privacy in the past few years.  The NSA has been in the news so often about breaching privacy and lawsuits with big internet providers and service providers like Google.

So as a law-abiding citizen do you have to worry about online privacy?

That is a good question.  For many years, I thought that online privacy wasn’t a concern to me since I was doing nothing wrong.  But in hindsight that idea was so wrong.

Let’s put it this way – if you are not concerned with the NSA monitoring your activities, you should be concerned with Google, Facebook and all other websites like them monitoring and trending your viewing habits.

Here is a test for you – Go to an ecommerce site, any site.  For this example, we’ll choose Expedia, the travel website.  Go to their site, look around for a few pages and then head off to your Facebook account.  Now look at the ads.  Bingo.  You will now automatically and instantly be inundated with travel ads.  Kind of scary, isn’t it?

Are there ways to hide your movements?

For simple things like Facebook or Google tracking your movements and displaying annoying ads based on your website travels it is pretty easy.  You can use a private window that doesn’t store cookies or other personal information.  In Google Chrome, click in the far right corner on the three bars icon and choose “new incognito window”.  In Mozilla Firefox, click on the same button and choose “new private window”.  Any browsing you do in this mode will not be tracked by Google, Facebook, Yahoo, or any other site.

But this does not make you anonymous.  Far from it.  It simply stops them from tracking your movements for ad serving purposes.

How do I make myself completely anonymous?

It’s really not that hard to make yourself completely anonymous to the big guns like the NSA and it’s not expensive but it’s not free either.  The best choice to hide your online movements is use a private/incognito window like we described above in conjunction with a good VPN service like Torguard.  Using a private browser window with a VPN will make you essentially invisible to essentially all sites that want to track you.  And there are a ton of other benefits to using a VPN that we will discuss in the next article.

But there are free proxies and vpns available, why should I pay?

Firstly, there are few, if any truly free VPN services available.  They cost the provider a lot of money to setup and it’s doubtful they are going to give away their expensive setups for free.  Proxies are not the same and the free ones are almost always not anonymous and also are often from some poor soul that has had their server hacked and is unknowingly supporting all of the traffic that is being sent to it.  Plain and simple, that is theft so please be very hesitant to support any type of site that is giving you ‘free’ services.  I’m not saying they are the villains here, but at the end of the day someone has to pay for it and I don’t want it to be some poor unsuspecting soul.