VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. When you use your Internet Provider (IP) to search the web you are using a public network. Your activity, your preferences, your information, everything you are doing is up for grabs to advertisers, hackers, and any other form of surveillance. A VPN encrypts all your information so that only you and your VPN provider have access to it, like a private tunnel traveling through the public network. It was most widely used by corporations to ensure employees working at home or abroad had secure access to the same network and company intranet as those physically located in the office.
Nowadays, commercial VPN providers offer services to individual users who want an extra level of privacy for their online activities. Some of the main uses for VPN are:
-Protecting info over public WiFi like at airports, coffee shop, etc.
-Your IP cannot see what you are doing online
-Makes it hard for advertisers or hackers to find you online
-Allowing you to access content unavailable at your geographic location, because of censorship, area-specifics, etc.
-Hiding your computer’s IP address, you appear to be accessing the Internet from the location of the particular VPN server.