“VPN” which stands for Virtual Private Network is one of the best tools available for the average Joe.
But what is a VPN, and what does it actually do?
Well, to get to that point we have to look at some history first.
Once upon a time VPNs were merely used for businesses, governments and important clientele.
It was practically unheard of for normal citizens.
They needed to protect their worker(s) from revealing their location and preventing any attacks on their establishment, for example a DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attack which grinds data speeds to a halt by overloading the network.
So, why should you utilize a VPN?
Well to list a few reasons:
- Masking your IP enables you to surf the internet/play video games without the risk of getting ‘hacked’. As stated earlier, using your personal IP-adress whilst online allows you to become DDOS’d by anyone knowing your IP adress. This can happen in EVERY online video-game.
- Makes it much harder for your ISP/third parties to invade your privacy. If you are out of 4G data and are in a foreign location where you do not have any other option that connecting to that shady network connection in the center of Cittagong. by using a VPN they at the very least cannot track the sites that you visit.
- Connect to website/services that the government is against you visiting – for example, when traveling to China you need to utilise a VPN in order to use the internet as we know it!
- Most importantly and what probably a majority of the user(s) is using it for is to browse Netflix, as there’s a surprising amount of region-locked shows.
This is how my front-page looks whilst using a Swedish IP-adress:
Whilst this how my EXACT SAME Netflix account looks when I use it from an American IP-adress!
Allowing me to watch quality anime as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and even lower tier anime as Soul Eater is a splendid reason for using a VPN. Not to mention The Office!
Now there is multiply different VPN services available and it might be rather hard to find the proper one.
To summarize the hundreds if not thousands of different VPN-services that are available for rent the services of – I would like to claim that ANY VPN that you find within the first three pages of a google or DUCKDUCKGO search is a perfectly viable service.
Unfortunately BestBuds does not have its own VPN service for us to promote or advertise in this article, perhaps that will one day come.
For now at least the author of this article as well as the founder of the Onion Network is utilizing Mullvad.
5.50€ a month for a high-quality service is impossible to compete with.
For the readers who came this far in the article I will elaborate on the nerdy specifics of VPNs;
First of all an ‘IP’ address stands for ‘Internet Protocol’ where the adress itself is the unique name (number in this case) which is your identity on the internet.
as the translator(s) of the content
This identity is equal to your social security number on the internet as it is the trace that you leave behind when you visit websites, log-in to game’s etcetera that is how the website identifies you.
The website knows you are an individual browsing from New Zealand by communicating with the owner/host of the IP adress that you are connecting through.
It means that when you browse to Facebook.com facebook is receiving an IP adress from your connection where of it speaks to a similar database then www.whois.com which within milliseconds send out the information regarding you.
In what country, city and an approximate geophraical location of you even within the specific city they already specified.
This mean that when you visit a website it looks a little bit like this:
YOUR PC > your internet service provider > website – whilst you are attempting to connect to the website it matches your ip-adress with an continously updated database in order to retrieve your personal information.
A good example of this is to try and fetch your information through www.cmyip.info .
When you utilise a VPN you go: PC > ISP > VPN > WEBSITE. Which means that the information that the website is able to retrieve is regarding the ip adress that the vpn is contributing.
This means that the website/service you are visiting.
This means that the website doesn’t know where you are browsing their website from and your ISP doesn’t know what websites you are visiting.