Original Title: VPN, how it works and what advantages it offers
VPN services are able to mask and hide the IP address and data that you send or receive, and in this way ensure privacy. Many experts suggest getting a VPN service to ensure safety and security while surfing the web: the VPN - known as Virtual Private Network - is therefore outlined as an element that can protect your browsing, but also access to additional services (such as Surfshark).
How VPN works
To play online, the VPN service allows you to maintain anonymity, thus ensuring that your account credentials are safe and secure. You can also play video games that are located abroad, as well as defend against cyber-attacks.
But how does it accomplish this process? A VPN modifies the visible IP address, making it look like your browsing is coming from the VPN server's location instead of your own device's location. This gives you the ability to appear virtually anywhere in the world, improving your privacy.
Also, if you connect to a free Wi-Fi - whether that's at the hotel or a coffee shop - the connection is not secure, as hackers can access your personal information over the free Wi-Fi. Using a VPN avoids potential attacks.
Still from the point of view of privacy, a virtual private network ensures that your location, browsing habits and torrenting history are not directly associated with your identity: so you surf freely and without the fear that third parties will try to condition your choices, sending - for example - targeted advertisements.
How to choose a VPN
Server coverage is crucial: a reliable VPN service provider must have good coverage of VPN servers throughout the country, thus having more locations to choose from and reducing server load. Server load must be balanced so that connection speeds are not affected by data traffic. For protocols, OpenVPN, IKEv2, or WireGuard are recommended.
How to use a VPN
According to a survey by VPN review site VPNMentor, over a third of users use a VPN to access streaming services. Another use is inherent in VOIP phone calls: if using such a tool is cheap, hackers can easily attack and enter such services if they know the Internet architecture. However, if you use a VPN service to make a call, they will be encrypted with end-to-end technology, so it is hard to decrypt them to hack calls.
As for text or voice messages, not all of them are encrypted. For example, WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, so it is secure: but not all messaging apps are encrypted, and there is a risk that messages are intercepted and read. For such services, you need to use a VPN that offers the highest level of security.
Protection from Google and shopping
If Google constantly monitors users' online habits by collecting data and delivering targeted advertising, with a VPN service, you can hide your IP from Google and dodge all problems. For shopping, you should always be careful when visiting sites and clicking on links.
Most websites are protected; just check it with the "HTTPS" icon or the padlock symbol in your browser: if the site you are opening has the "HTTPS" icon, security is guaranteed, with your data remaining protected. However, not all sites have this system, and it is best to avoid those sites that only have an "HTTPS" icon.
The VPN also lets you select a server that you prefer, such as the one in the USA, to view products from that country.
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