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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What is a VPN? #StartUps

What does a VPN hide?

If you've read the sections above, then you'll have a basic understanding of how a VPN works. However, you may still be wondering what it actually hides, and how this helps your business.

A VPN hides your IP address
An IP address – or internet protocol address – is your device’s unique address online. An IP address is unique to any device that you own – for example, if you use a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet, each will have a different IP.

All of your online activities can be linked back to the IP address of whichever device you use, including things like searches, website visits, and social media activity.

A VPN will mask your real IP address, meaning that your activities are anonymous and cannot be tracked back to your device. This prevents online entities from tracking your movements online, from search engines like Google to individual websites, and even hackers.

While using your browser's built-in private or incognito function can provide a certain level of security and privacy, your internet service provider (ISP) can still track your activity. With a VPN, your ISP cannot track you.

A VPN will hide your location
VPN providers almost always provide global options, with servers around the world that you can connect to the internet through. This means that, wherever in the world you are, you can use a VPN to make it appear as if you are somewhere else.

This function of VPNs has been widely used around the world by people looking to access location-specific services, such as Netflix, but can also be used in other ways. For example, creative VPN use can even help you to get lower prices on flights, hotels. and other products, as pricing is often set locally by major businesses.

As well as providing some of the more gimmicky benefits listed above, VPNs can be incredibly useful in business, with VoIP phones being one example of a technology that can benefit from IP shielding.

A VPN can hide personal and professional data
The convenience of public wifi comes with some strings attached, including serious security risks. Hackers can use these public connections to steal information – and if you are using a work laptop or phone, this can also include your business’s private information.

Hackers can also use public wifi to distribute malware, steal logins and passwords, or ‘listen in’ on private communications.

Accessing the internet through public wifi with a VPN provides security that keeps your activities safe. Your VPN will create a hidden tunnel, even over unsecured networks, that will keep your data safe, making it vital for anyone who often travels for work.

A VPN will hide web browsing
Deleting your browser history and cookies does not erase all records. Even taking these measures will leave data that is accessible, whether to legitimate operations, like your internet provider, or to illegitimate operators.

While a private or incognito mode will disable browsing history, cookies, and your web cache, you can still be identified though your browser and OS. This information can be pieced together to link activity back to a specific IP address, but a VPN is able to hide all of this information.

A VPN will hide your social media identity
Depending on how you use it, social media security might be vital to your business – but it should always be important. Depending on the network, website administrators and platform owners may be able to track your IP based on social activity.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, a VPN will help to mask your IP address even when you’re actively engaging with others online.

A VPN will hide spending
Like other activities mentioned here, your online spending provides remarkable insight for both legitimate and illegitimate operations.

A VPN will hide this activity. Your IP address will be protected from ecommerce sites in the same way that it is protected from others, thus guarding your privacy. This can mean that advertisers will not be able to target you with marketing based around your activity, but will also offer a certain level of protection against financial hacking.

A VPN can hide mobile activity
As mobile devices become the dominant form of online browsing, it goes without saying that you need to have protective measures in place.

In the same way that browsing the internet on a laptop will let people know your location and identity, so will browsing on a phone.

A mobile VPN app will provide the same security to browsers, shielding sensitive information. In many ways, this is a more important option, as phones are actively used in all locations by millions of users. If you work on your phone at all, or use communication apps on it, then you could benefit from using a VPN to protect your data.

via https://www.AiUpNow.com/ by Bryn Glover, Khareem Sudlow