Why Use a VPN?
One expert said that a VPN is “like a personal bodyguard for the Internet.” This is what he meant.
A VPN it a special network that you connect with when you go online. When you do so, anything you do online cannot digitally/electronically be traced back to your location… whether you’re using your computer or smart device.
I can guess what you might be thinking.
“Well, that’s not such a big deal.” Well, here’s what you need to understand:
The Internet has serious built-in flaws.
Take a realistic look at the way the Internet works. Then decide if you might want to perhaps change to way you go online.
If the Internet were a car, it would be recalled.
As great as the Internet is, it has many drawbacks that hit close to home. In other words, the quirks and downside of our online connections can affect us in real ways.
You’re probably wondering if this is more hype than fact.
It’s not an exaggeration. Let’s look at seven very real weak-points of the Internet:
Notice something interesting?
Most of the drawbacks listed above are tied to your IP address. And there’s a good reason for that.
Your IP address is public. Very public.
Let me clarify that.
It’s not as if your IP is published out on the Internet or shows up in directories anyone can get. And your Internet Service Provider doesn’t share your IP address with anyone who might want it.
However, your IP address—at home and otherwise—is like a beacon on the Internet. It signals where you are to the world. Not your name and address, but where you’re online.
And there’s something else.
Privacy is disappearing.
Is privacy important to you? The answer is most likely an emphatic “yes.” The problem is, a lot of companies, websites and certain individuals (hackers) don’t value your privacy as much as you’d like them to.
- Many businesses track your visits to their website by your IP address. They don’t know your name or email address, but they do know your computer visited their website.
- Hackers can snoop around the free Wi-Fi at hotels, airports, retail stores and coffeehouses. With a few special hidden devices, they can read emails and steal data.
- Everything is connected these days. It’s called “IoT,” for the “Internet of Things.” All the devices that are connected to a network (thermostats, baby monitors, lights, etc.) have the potential to be hacked if the connection isn’t secured (and many times it isn’t).
Don’t you wish you could go to a website, browse and “poke” around, do some research…knowing all the while that it could NOT be hacked, read or even traced back to you–not even by a tech-savvy hacker?
Well, you can.
Get the upper hand with a VPN
Fortunately for you, all is not lost. If you sign up for a Virtual Private Network with a reputable provider, you can overcome the weaknesses of the Internet.
It has to do what we mentioned at the outset. A VPN is a special network—think of it as a protected line, almost an “Internet inside the Internet” that can’t be penetrated, tracked or hacked.
But it’s more than that.
Because it’s not just what it is, but what it does that makes all the difference.
It’s almost like magic.
It seems like a trick, but it is no illusion. The protection a VPN provides is real.
When you set up a VPN account (you do it all online, in minutes), your VPN connection is ready to go on whenever you want it to.
You’re in control of your privacy now.
Here’s what happens once you turn your own Virtual Private Network on:
- Your actual public IP address is hidden from the world. You know that IP address the Internet Service Provider gives you? It gets hidden from the world when you’re online. Instead, people will see a different IP address—the one your VPN substitutes in its place.
- Your Internet connection is hack proof. Your VPN provider’s network creates a virtual “tunnel” within the Internet through which your Internet activity travels. Hackers won’t be able to find soft spots in the network because they aren’t there. Even if the hackers try to bust through the tunnel, the VPN network will sense it, shut off that part of the network and reroute your activity to ensure its safe, secure delivery to its destination.
Your Internet activity is coded (encrypted) and unreadable. Not only does all your traffic travel through a secure tunnel, it is completely jumbled up and unreadable in transit. Online spies and sniffers would only see undecipherable computer digits and would not be able to recreate the content….and they wouldn’t bother trying.
- Your VPN is mobile. Your VPN account isn’t tied to your ISP at home…it’s tied to your device through a secure username and password. So, if you’re in a hotel and want to use the Internet safely, you go online, open your browser, log-in to your VPN and your secure connection is on.
- In an “unsecure” hotspot, you are secure. As you’re aware, not all Internet connections are secure and not all websites are either. None of that matters when you use a VPN. Your connection is always secure because of the tunneling protocols and encryption.
- You can get around Internet blackouts or blockages. You’ll outsmart censors and media channels trying to deny you access by disguising your actual location, automatically, with your VPN. You’ll be able to watch the content you want, even though they would have wanted to block you out.
You want to know the best part?
Create a safer Internet today.
The Internet isn’t as safe as we’d like it to be but with a VPN, you can overcome its serious flaws with three simple steps:
It gets even better.
With most top-level VPN providers, you can choose a plan that lets you use multiple devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) on the same account, even simultaneously.
Better yet, if you have family, you can show them how to use the VPN account you’ve set up for everyone—and you can be assured they’re practicing “safe Internet” when they’re home, on the road, in an airport or even in a foreign country.
Then there’s this one last thing.
Don’t be surprised to find that you can try just about any VPN free for seven days, or even up to 30 days. Now that’s an offer that’s almost too good to pass up.
But now that you know how to fix the Internet, why wouldn’t you?
Click the link below to get started…
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