Most people are unaware that their personal data is often exposed when they use a public network. A VPN secures sensitive information by encrypting data that is transmitted between the device’s internet connection and the VPN. A VPN secures communications between a device and the internet by changing text into an unreadable mess of characters. Only the device that is connected the VPN and the server will be able decrypt the messages. Without a VPN any person could be able to intercept that data and access sensitive information.
Additionally, VPNs help protect devices from cybercriminals who try to spy on online activity. This is particularly important when using public Wi-Fi networks, where hackers are able to easily listen in. VPNs enable users to connect their devices, including laptops, desktop computers as well as tablets and smartphones in a secure way so that cybercriminals aren’t able to access their data or steal personal information.
It’s no secret that a lot of ISPs collect, store and sell the information of their customers. ISPs can make use of browsing history to track the location of a person and display specific advertisements. A VPN keeps browsing information private and stops ISPs from selling it to third-party vendors. It also helps consumers avoid price discrimination that could occur when ISPs track their purchases and then sell this information to product manufacturers. By hiding IP addresses, a VPN blocks third parties from being able to identify users on the internet.