If you have listened to YouTube videos in the last 2 years, it is sure that you have seen a sponsorship or an advertisement for a VPN service. On TV, it is online casinos and sports betting services, on the internet, VPNs completely dominate the advertisements.
But what is it for and how can it be useful to you?
We offer you our vision on the subject in the hope that it will be useful to you… but we are quite confident that it will be the case!
Who is Paul and Where is he?
To know what it does, we must first establish what VPN means. A VPN, short for Virtual Private Network, is a virtual private network.
Let’s go to the simplest way to explain how it works. Let’s say your computer’s name is Paul (IP Address). When Paul connects to the internet, everyone can see that Paul is online and where he is.
The VPN allows Paul to connect to servers based anywhere in the world and become anonymous while doing so. Paul therefore becomes ************ and he connects from ********.
Impossible to know that it is Paul and impossible to know from where in the world he really connects to the Internet.
Additionally, VPNs go so far as to encrypt all the data you send and receive online making it unusable for anyone who would misappropriate it. It’s not the most fun benefit for the average VPN user, but it’s probably the most useful, especially for the security it offers.
It’s Not All Rosy
What has made VPNs popular in recent years is the ability to connect to the Internet through servers located all over the world. This means you can use services limited to certain countries by connecting to servers in the desired location.
The most striking example would be Netflix, where the selection is not the same from one country to another. A VPN allows you to access content that would not normally be accessible to you (like Netflix US).
We leave it to you to judge the morality of the matter.
VPN in the Business World
With the pandemic and teleworking, many companies have turned to this simple and effective solution to allow their employees to connect to the corporate network remotely. As we told you earlier, a VPN allows you to connect to servers all over the world… but also here in Canada!
All the usual benefits of VPNs apply, in addition to remote accessibility of corporate digital assets. And don’t forget the security benefits discussed above.
All this to say how useful and versatile this tool is!
Beware of Scams
If you want to acquire a VPN for your personal needs, we urge you to be careful in selecting the product. As with anything that becomes popular in the digital world, the more users and interests there are, the more chances there are of scammers trying to trick you.
Caution is advised!
We invite you to verify that you choose a VPN that enjoys a good reputation. Charts presenting the best options available, with an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of the belligerents, are legion on the web.