These days, it is quite common to find a news piece or an article on the internet about how some photos of a celebrity were leaked or how government and non-government agencies like social networking websites are constantly tracking and monitoring your internet activity. There have been cases like the Ashley Madison Hack, which exposed over 37 million users, and then there is the ever circulating story you might hear at your work place or at a party about how somebody’s credit card details got stolen and how that person lost a huge chunk of his bank balance overnight. If the notorious activity of hackers was not enough to open the eyes of people, the exposing of NSA’s internet tracking program and the extent of their reach certainly raised a lot of eyebrows not just in the USA but all over the world. Everyone knows that if one country is doing such a thing, then others might be doing so too. And they are.
Now, a solution to protecting your identity from being exposed and browsing the internet anonymously has been in the market for some years, but only those who are interested and knowledgeable in internet security have been using it. This service is that of Virtual Private Networks or VPNs. VPNs take you to your destination through an encrypted tunnel in which all incoming and outgoing traffic is encrypted. This means that your data is safe from online data phishers and snoopers, as well as your identity and activity is protected from eavesdroppers. The process of setting up a VPN is not that difficult either, and many VPN providers give great offers on their services along with unlimited bandwidth, high connection speed, and a promise of keeping no activity logs in order to help you truly be anonymous while browsing the internet.
With the state the world of internet is in today, people who are not so adept in the art of hiding their geographical location, as well as their identity and data, are also adopting VPNs to help them out in their current predicaments. Big corporations have been using VPNs for some time now to keep their sensitive data safe and secure. However, even small business owners who were not savvy with the process before are venturing into using it today. Everyone has become aware of just how unsafe it is to be on the internet without protecting their identity at all. Reports claim that many VPN providers recorded a 200% increase in their sales just in the last few months, which vindicates the benefits and need of using a VPN. It is a great way to be safe from trackers and government agencies who constantly watch over your internet activity in order to keep an eye on you, for “security” purposes.
Although VPNs encrypt all traffic and establish connections using encrypted tunnels, there are ways to get past this line of defence that people put up. With the resources of agencies like NSA, it is a piece of cake for them to bypass it, should they want to increase their interest in you. But it cannot be denied that using VPNs against using nothing is definitely more beneficial as there are other threats other than the government who can cause harm to you.