Today, we live in a computer driven world. The computer is a basic requirement for leading a smart life these days. Everybody has an access to an internet connection and everybody uses it for their own different; personal or professional uses. In today’s age of technology, not having all time access to the internet can sometimes be a great obstruction in your work. And having a secure internet connection at the time you need it is of utmost importance. But how can you be sure that the unknown internet connection that you are using at the time of emergency is safe, secure, and free from and infiltration from the outsider and the data that you send or receive over this network is safe as your own personal connection. This is where VPN comes in.
VPN or virtual private network is a way to protect not only the data you transmit through the network, also the data already on your computer against any kind of internet hijacking. Originally used by the corporate houses, the increased dependence over the internet has made VPN popular among the home networks too. The VPNs work in covering up your IP address. It is like a wall that is created behind which your IP address hides and the IP address that is shown could be from anywhere in the world. The people who know their way around the computers would not even log into a network that they are sure of being secure hence the importance in VPNs is further highlighted.
The VPNs do not make you anonymous, but just increases your level of privacy when you are online and it is really important to understand that anonymity and privacy are completely different terms. There is still some information left about you that could lead to the revelation of your true identity. Also the VPN provider does log into your information unlike what they said. You are not anonymous there otherwise how would they be able to provide you with the services such as a limit on the data to be used or the number connections and the services alike. Think about it.
But despite that fact, it is still very helpful to use a VPN in cases like when you need to bypass some internet filters and in cases where you need an IP address from a different country to get access to a particular website. It can also come handy when you need to share your files with a group of people online for a long period of time. And of course the basic service that the VPNs offer of online privacy has been one the greatest driving factor in order to use the VPN service.
It is just fair that if you need to be sure that the network that you use is a secure one, then the VPN providers also need to be sure that you are not someone who is trying to get away with a cyber crime. This is done by simple security checks like a biometric lock, or passwords, etc. it is like you log into an account where you fell down some information about you and the computer authenticates the information and once that is done, you are good to go ahead and use the VPN. Hence the security and privacy of both the user and the provider is maintained.
Gitanjali is an experienced technical content writer. She has done post graduation from a reputed university and likes to write unique and informative article about Operating Systems .