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What is the VPN
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a network owned by a service provider (ISP).
These systems use encryption and other security mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted.
Why would I need it?
One benefit derived from using a VPN is that the “tunnel” protects your data from being “overheard” as it passes over the public Internet. Another is that, when using a VPN connection, your computer “appears” on the network as if it were in US, UK, Canada or any other country you choose.
Main benefits are:
- Encryption (ensures your privacy),
- IP address masking.
IP address masking
While masking the real IP, you will appear as within United States (or any other country) thus making it possible to use services lake Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, ABC… while abroad. It acts like a gateway so when you decide to connect to the VPN and surf the net, your computer appears to be part of US-based network. As this “appearance” is important for accessing US TV websites mentioned above. Also, it’s possible to appear as within the UK, and you will be able to watch BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.
It means you can watch the television or access any other geo-locked service.
Which VPN provider to choose?
I have been thoroughly testing several leading VPN providers and finally signed up with HideMyAss’ HMA! Pro VPN. As it turned out, they gave me the best value by far. Speed and the video quality is just awesome. Initially, I signed up for a month for testing purposes. Soon enough, I switched to a yearly plan because it’s cheaper.
I’ve found this educational video on Youtube, and I’d like to share it with you. Please note, it’s a two years old recording (now they have 220+ servers around the globe), but definitely worth watching.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to connect to the VPN 🙂