The Beginner’s Guide to VPNs

If you have heard of virtual private networks but don’t understand what they are or why you need to use one, the LifeHacker web site has an introductory article you should read.

Quoting from the article:

“VPNs are basically a set of servers that you connect to through your internet service provider (ISP). Once you have established a connection with your VPN, a process known as tunneling, the servers act as your virtual home on the internet. It’s as if you moved yourself into a secure office space without actually moving at all.

“As you surf the web from this secure space, all of the data you send and receive is encrypted, offering you a good degree of privacy. Once tunneled in, your ISP—or even certain spy agencies—can’t tell what information you’re browsing or downloading.”

The article by Michael Franco then goes on with discussions of:

  • Why use a VPN?
  • How to choose a VPN provider.
  • So are there any drawbacks to using a VPN?

You can find the The Beginner’s Guide to VPNs article at: https://lifehacker.com/the-beginners-guide-to-vpns-1819912770.

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