These are the top five reasons to use a virtual private network, also known as a VPN.
If you didn't know, using a VPN can be pretty handy.
It creates a private secure network between your device and wherever you go to online.
And a big thanks goes to my friend Shannon morris for her help in this episode.
l;et's get to it and number five is you won't be tracked as much.
When you are connected to a VPM things like your actual location are masked On top of that, search engines don't get to see what you're looking for.
So that means that Google won't be able to identify you because it won't see your address, it'll see your VPN's IP address.
Just be away that cookies can still be left on your machine, so data can still be collected.
And number four is access content Out of your region.
Sometimes, you want to get to a service that you would not normally have access to just because of your physical location.
VPNs can help with things like that.
Shannon actually used a VPN to access cheaper Japanese Ghibli Museum tickets, and was able to sign up for a Japan only sailor moon fan club.
Normally she's in the States, and this would not be possible.
For the most part, you can forget borders for the VPN.
Coming in at number 3 is going around your office or school network.
You ever try to access something like a gaming site, only to see your network administrator says.
Well, you don't need to abide by your admin.
If you use a VPN while you're on your office or school network, you could pretty much go wherever you want.
Same is true with sites that are blocked by government.
And number two, VPNs made public WiFi a little safer.
If you just jump onto the WiFi at Starbucks or McDonald's, you never know who's snooping around.
If you're running a VPN when you connect to those hotspots It should make it more difficult for someone to try to snoop on what you're doing.
Even if someone is running a man in the middle attack where they're running a fake hotspot, they will see your data, but with the VPN, at least your data should be encrypted.
And coming in at number one is your privacy.
When you're using the VPN, your own ISP does not know what you're doing.
Your browsing history is essentially for sale by service providers, although many claim to make that data anonymous.
Do you want them to know exactly everything you're doing online?
If you do use a VPN, the ISP can see that you're using a VPN.
However, the ISP will not be able to see what you are doing while you are using that VPN.
If you want to protect yourself a little more, you might wanna look into changing your DNS settings.
Now not all VPN services are created equal If you're using a VPN, remember it can see what you're doing.
Look for a VPN service that does not keep logs.
Again, thanks to Chandra Morris.
YOu can find her work here.
I'm Iyak Akhtar, and I'll see you online.