8 Reasons To Invest In A VPN

A VPN is a tool designed to help protect the user from identity thieves and privacy abusers online. Although many people do not see the need to use or invest in a good VPN, the benefits of using one are priceless. Outlined below are some of the ways, and reasons why you should use a VPN to not only improve your online privacy.

1. Avoid Government Surveillance
Governments across the globe have been using the internet to monitor their citizens' online activity. This was before Edward Snowden made public NSA's mass surveillance program . Governments monitor everything you do online from the emails you send, web searches, and the websites you log on to. One of the reasons these governments give is to protect national security. While this might be partly true, preying and tracking a user's activity online takes away his/her right to privacy.

A VPN however prevents the government, ISPs, and other entities (Five Eyes, TPP, etc.) from tracking or eavesdropping on your online activity. This makes it harder for anyone to see your online activity - this includes governments and hackers.

2. Bypass Censorship
Internet censorship is worse than government surveillance. Some countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and China) have imposed lots of censorship on simple web browsing. This is to say; users here cannot access free sites including YouTube, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and Wikipedia among other sites. Users here have to rely on VPNs to unlock these sites. The VPN spoofs your location as well as encrypt your traffic making it almost impossible to track the user. This way, the user can access all sites freely and without worrying about their privacy. The VPN assigns the user an IP address based in another country where governments there do not impose strict censorship rules.

3. Use Kodi Other Streaming Apps
Kodi is one of the most preferred and used media streaming apps by 'cord cutters'. Kodi gives you free access to streaming services hence enabling you to watch TV shows and movies from anywhere on the globe. While these links may provide you free access to these channels, they aren't exactly free and could get you in trouble. While Kodi might be free, accessing copyrighted content with it can have you arrested for breaking the law.

A VPN however makes it possible for you to stream content on Kodi anonymously - so if you use your Firestick to watch things on Kodi - you will need a secure VPN for Firestick. This reduces the risk of landing yourself in trouble. VPN providers however recommend using their VPN to protect your privacy and not to download or stream copyrighted content.

4. Unblock Blocked Websites At Work And School
Most universities, schools, and workplaces block specific websites and entertainment services. Although the intention might be to promote/encourage concentration, there are times when you will want to access some of these sites. A VPN can help bypass the restrictions imposed enabling you to access all these sites freely.

5. Identity and Data Protection
The internet has become the center stage for online transactions and all kinds of payments. Many people use the internet to process, make payments, as well as access their financial accounts. A hacker can intercept your connection gaining access to all the passwords and other sensitive information you enter on these sites. The most commonly used trick is man-in-the-middle which intercepts and collects all information transferred to and from you. Using a VPN however protects you from such attacks, giving you the identity and data protection, you need for such sensitive information. The VPN will also encrypt your connection - hence locking hackers and other malicious people out.

6. Hide Your Online Activity
Although you might not have noticed, companies have your full digital profile based on what you do online. This is why you get numerous ads that seem interesting to you. Companies pay top dollar to get such information for customer targeting. Although it might be impossible to delete your online profile and data, it's possible to prevent anyone from collecting the same data in the first place. A VPN makes it hard for the government, ISP, and advertisers from collecting your data or targeting you. It also makes it hard to trace your online activity.

7. Access Geo-Restricted Services (Netflix USA)
Some of the best services are only available in specific/select parts of the world. Good examples of these include Pandora, Spotify, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and Popcorn Time. While everyone may wish to access these services, geo-restriction makes it almost impossible. Netflix USA, for example, can only be accessed by citizens of the United States alone. This means some of the content on Netflix won't be available if you aren't in the US. Nonetheless, investing in a Netflix VPN can help spoof your location to the USA, hence making all these services and content available to you.

8. Safety When On Public Networks
If you have a habit of connecting to public wireless networks or do travel a lot, you'll then need a VPN to keep your connection safe and secure. Security on such networks is non-existent, meaning users have to take sole responsibility to help keep their information and data safe. This is particularly important if you wish to access personal information or even a bank account. To avoid personal information and financial records/data landing in the wrong hands, you need to have a VPN on each time you connect to public Wi-Fi. Thanks to VPNs, you can connect to public wireless networks safely without worrying about malicious people and hackers that use these as a honeypot.

These are eight solid reasons you need to invest in a good VPN. Be sure to check its features before investing in one.

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