A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is something that is used mainly to spoof a userís geographic location, thereby allowing the user to access websites that would otherwise be inaccessible with an ordinary Internet connection. But more than spoofing your location, a VPN is important because it makes browsing secure, so nobody can ever track your activities online.
There are many providers of virtual private networks and you might be wondering how they work. When you connect to the network, a tunnel-like shield is blanketed over your Internet connection. Rather than your computer connecting to a website directly, your computer connects to the VPN and that network then connects to the website. Data sent back and forth always passes through this secure connection.
Are VPN networks foolproof? They are secure but they are not foolproof. And any determined and highly intelligent hacker could potentially break down the secure connection.
As it is right now, though, most VPN services out there that are one-step better than the cyber criminals. The good thing about it is that your speed isnít compromised, and you can access websites without any lag, almost as if you were accessing them directly from your own computer. Of course, among the VPN providers, there are those that are less stellar in terms of performance.
For us, the most important factor in choosing a provider is the performance. Slow connections just wonít cut it for us. That said, before subscribing, make sure to check out the different online technology magazines to know which services are the most highly-rated.
The service we use right now is HMA is Hide My Ass. Unlike others, it does not have a free option. But itís nothing to be upset about as it only costs $11.52 per month.