Virtual private network (VPN) is a network that protects your information when accessing the internet on a public WIFI. The network also allows you access to blocked sites. While VPN services have been around for long, few people understand them. This article sheds light on the topic.
How to get VPN
It’s easy to get the service. All you need to do is access the internet and download your favorite software. There are many software programs that you can use. For example, you can use: hide my ass, IP vanish, express VPN and hundreds of many others. To settle on the best read the pros and cons of each.
After identifying a great service provider decide on whether to use the free or paid version. Free versions work almost as good as the paid versions, but the paid versions have more features. For example, they have many country codes to choose from.
The paid versions are also faster compared to their free counterparts. This is because the paid versions have fewer users thus their servers aren’t as overloaded as the free versions.
If you are looking for fast VPN services, you should go for the paid versions.
You should note that there are some services that keep your data while others don’t. To protect your information, ensure that the software doesn’t collect your unwanted data. You can easily find out if the service provider is keeping your data by reading online forums and reviews.
After identifying the right service download it into your device.
How to use VPN
Using a VPN service only requires you to open the software and connect it to the internet. To keep yourself secure you need to do other things such as:
Keep firewalls running: firewalls protect you from unauthorized incoming connections. If you are using a windows computer you most likely have built-in firewalls, but these aren’t good to use as you can’t customize them.
Use firewalls that you can customize such as: IP tables and UFW firewalls.
Watch your cookies: if you are strict on privacy and anonymity, you should be wary of cookies. If you don’t know what cookies are, these are units that are designed to improve re-current web browsing. If you frequent certain sites, the cookies store data to these sites allowing you faster access when visiting the sites at a later date.
While firewalls might look “innocent,” web masters can modify and transform them into tracking scripts and use them to monitor your online activity.
To avoid this, avoid using and storing cookies in your computer.