A VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, is a type of network connection that adds security and privacy to private and public networks.
WiFi Hotspots or even your own Internet connection at home are common examples.
It is commonly used to protect sensitive data and conceal information of your IP address. The privacy is enhanced in this network because your original IP address is replaced with an IP address from a VPN provider.
If you are living in New York and used a VPN, your Internet activities can appear that you are living in France, Japan or any other cities your VPN provider has a server.
How does a VPN work?
Imagine that the Internet is an expressway and the information that travels in it are like cars. The expressway allows information to travel among devices all over the world.
Then, imagine that a VPN as a private tunnel. Your car (your information), instead of travelling in the open expressway where everyone sees you, travels in a private tunnel. Using this private tunnel, you will never send or receive the information directly but instead will route via third party which is your VPN provider. Then, your VPN provider will deliver it to its final destination. In this way, anyone sending you information thinks you received it at your VPN provider but has no idea where you actually are.
Why do we need to use a VPN?
- VPN enhances your privacy and security.
A VPN encrypts your Internet traffic to protect its privacy. For example, when you are sending any information to a website, the information can be intercepted by other people while it is moving from your computer to their server.
- VPN bypasses geographic restrictions or censorship.
Because of the rerouting of connection, the websites you visit and online services you use cannot tell where you physically are. If you connect to a VPN server, any website you visit thinks you are in the same location of the VPN server. This entitles you to access sites or services that are only visible to people in that location.
Keep your Personal Information Private on Mac
Install VPN Proxy One Pro to hide your information and to prevent others from identifying you, especially when visiting websites.