6 Reasons You Need a VPN

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In 2018 alone, the United States saw more than 1,200 data breaches that exposed over 400 million records. The theft of passwords, credit card data, and personal information is more prevalent now than even a few years ago, and the problem is only getting worse. What's more, people who use public WiFi, travel abroad, or regularly download large files are at the highest risk of being part of these statistics. What's an internet user to do?

Three letters: VPN. This simple but important tool can help keep your activity and information private so you can browse freely and breathe easily, and of all VPNs on the market, Hotspot Shield was named the fastest and most secure. Here's how it helps keep you safe online.

What's a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and in essence, it creates a virtual tunnel of security between your computer or smartphone and the places you go on the internet. Once your computer connects to a VPN server, which can be located anywhere in the world, all of your web traffic passes back and forth through that server. To the rest of the internet, it looks like all of your activity is coming from the VPN's location rather than wherever your computer is actually located.

What does this mean in practice? Here are six ways a VPN works to benefits you.

1. Security

By now, this one should be obvious: Because all of your internet activity routes through the VPN server before heading toward the public internet, it's much harder for hackers to pull one over on you. Using public WiFi, like at an airport or in a coffee shop, leaves your computer open to hackers looking to steal your login credentials or harvest your credit card information. The security tunnel of a VPN makes it really difficult for people to spy on your activity remotely, even if the WiFi network you're using isn't secure. That's why experts say you should never join a public WiFi network that you're not totally confident is safe unless you're using a VPN.

2. Privacy

Going hand in hand with that security is the ability to keep your internet browsing private. Because your activity goes through that VPN, which is not only located in a separate location but also encrypts your data before sending it out into the wild west of the internet, it's nearly impossible for your ISP or the government to trace your activity back to the computer you were using. That's not to say it's impossible, and as a rule, we don't recommend committing any international crimes, but using a VPN does make it harder for prying eyes to spy on your online business.

3. Freedom of Access

There may be occasions, such as on a school network or in some more restrictive countries, when the network you connect to won't let you visit certain websites. A VPN can help here, too, since again, you're connecting to the VPN and the VPN is connecting to the forbidden website. This isn't foolproof either, but it's a better bet than surfing the internet without VPN protection.

4. Traveling

Even when you're on a whirlwind vacation halfway around the world, some evenings you just want to Netflix and chill. Unfortunately, not all streaming shows or other entertainment are available everywhere around the globe. The solution? Set your VPN to connect to your home country and you should be able to access your favorite flicks as easily as if you were sitting on your own couch. There's another travel benefit, too: jetsetting usually involves connecting to lots of unfamiliar WiFi networks, but with your VPN security tunnel, you don't need to worry about international hackers stealing your Tinder login.

5. Gaming

If you're a diehard gamer, you may be pumping the brakes right about now. A VPN? For gaming? Isn't that a recipe for terrible ping times and sluggish performance? Hear us out: Gaming has all the pitfalls of other online activity, such as geo-restrictions against certain games and the risk of hacking and DDoS attacks. And if you get the right VPN, you may not see any difference in performance. For example, in a 2019 rundown of the best gaming VPNs, Desire Athow of Techradar wrote, "Hotspot Shield gave us some amazing performance, one of the best we've seen. You'll hardly feel any slow down even on long distance servers."

6. Sports

In the same way you may not have access to the latest Game of Thrones episode when you're traveling abroad, you also may be locked out of watching your hometown team in the playoffs. And if you're a fan of foreign games — whether that's cricket in India or football in the UK — you may have a seriously hard time watching the sports you love at home, too. A VPN can help you out by spoofing your location and making streaming services think you're in Mumbai or London, thereby letting you watch the big game unbothered.

Get the security of a VPN with HotSpot Shield, a trusted VPN technology that enables access to social networks, sports, audio and video streaming, news, dating, and gaming wherever you are with high-speed performance and airtight security. Click here to get started.

Written by Curiosity Staff July 16, 2019
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