What is a VPN and how does a VPN work? | VPNpro

Hi, this is John from VPNpro. And today
we'll be talking about VPNs. We'll cover the big picture about VPNs
and answer important questions like what is a VPN? What can a VPN help me do? How does a VPN work? And is there any reason not to use a VPN? So let's get into it!
First of all, a VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and that's exactly what
it is. It helps you create a secure private connection between your computer or device, and another network over the Internet. It uses encryption and other
technologies to help you ensure that your internet activity is safer from
hackers, cybercriminals or snoops, who may be lurking around when you use
public Wi-Fi. Think of it like a "cloak" that can help you use the internet a
little more safely and anonymously.

And while all that may sound a little bit
shady… actually there are a lot more legitimate reasons why you'd want that
extra layer of safety. Make sure to check out our top VPNs list in the description
below and save up to 80% off for that extra layer of security. Companies of all
shapes and sizes use VPNs to help remote workers and extended branches stay
connected more securely. When you use a VPN to connect to your company's network, it basically looks to the rest of the internet like you're working right in
the network. From a hotel room or cafe anywhere in the world, you can access
files and even devices like printers easily and securely.. right from your
laptop or device! VPNs are useful for other types of security as well. Many
consumers use VPNs to hide their browsing activity from their internet
service providers. Either because they're concerned about their privacy, or they
don't want their ISP selling their information to advertisers. Keep in mind,
though, that your VPN may be logging that activity instead – so make sure your VPN
company is trustworthy.

Others use VPNs to access geo-blocked websites. When you use a VPN to connect to a network it looks to the Internet like you're connecting
from that network. So, say you're in Europe or Asia, and you want to use a
service like Netflix from other US-based account. If Netflix sees you're connecting
from another country, it won't let you log in. But by connecting via VPN to a
US-based network, you could watch the U.S. Netflix library from another
country. Some people use VPNs to download big files or for streaming. If your ISP
slows down these types of activities, using a VPN to stream via different ISP
than yours could help you get faster speeds. Some people, especially in countries with strict internet censorship, use VPNs to
get around firewalls to access information on the entire internet. All
pretty great uses, right? But how does a VPN do all of this? Well, to explain it
fully, we need a much longer video but the easiest way to visualize it is that
by using encryption, a VPN builds a private "tunnel" around your internet
connection.

A tunnel that no one else can hack into, see into, or penetrate. So with
all this information about VPNa swimming around in your head, you may be wondering if there are any "cons" to using one. The only con that I
can think of is if you're using a VPN service that has mislead you about just
how private and secure their VPN is. After all ,no VPN is 100% secure all the
time. And if somebody really wants to track your internet use, there are
possibly other high-tech ways they can do so. So if you're considering going
with a VPN provider, make sure to do your homework and ask questions before you
commit. Our top VPN list is right in the description below. Check it out and get
up to 80% off. And of course, if you do have more questions about VPNs, you can contact us any time.

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