Here’s why everyone needs a VPN, yes, even you. I get it, you aren’t into anything illegal. What if I said you still need a VPN? The VPN would literally change how you experience the internet and this is true for everyone!
The biggest myth around VPNs is they’re only used by hackers and people with “something to hide”. Well, in this article I’ll show you how a simple downloadable VPN upgrades the internet for “everyone”.
Let’s not waste time and get started then?
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Here’s some news for you- You pay full, but only receive a fraction of all the available content on Netflix or other OTT platforms.
This isn’t a scam or cheating on their part. Netflix and most other OTTs are bound by copyright and regional laws.
As a result, despite paying the full amount, you can not access 100% of the movies/shows that are available on these platforms.
A VPN solves that. So, most of the content is restricted based on your “geographical location”. Meaning, the content exists on the platform, it’s just not available in your country.
Every website online identifies your location using your “IP Address”. What a VPN does is, it changes your IP address.
In better words, it hides your IP address and replaces it with a IP of its own.
The streaming platforms now see this new VPN-IP instead of your real IP. You get to choose the location of your IP address with all VPNs.
As a result, the streaming sites now consider you to be from this new location. Whatever content is available in that country is now available to you.
You can change your IP unlimited number of times. Meaning, you can constantly choose a new virtual location and access any and all unlocked content.
2. Defeat ISP throttling
Did you know your ISP is “not” your best friend? Well, yes. ISP is the company that provides you your internet.
ISPs are famous for willingly throttling your internet speed for various reasons. The most common reason is network congestion.
There are specific times in the day when a lot of people use the internet at the same time. Lunch breaks or time after dinner are common examples.
ISPs throttle your speed so that all the users can use the internet but all of the users get slower speeds.
“Paid Prioritization” is the second most questionable (but surprisingly legal) practice ISPs are in love with. ISPs partner up with companies and websites to provide faster speed for their websites while slower for other rival competitors.
The VPN solves most of these problems as well. VPNs capable of camouflaging are able to hide the fact that you’re using a VPN at all. Hence, the throttling doesn’t affect you and you get fast, equal speeds throughout.
3. Protect your privacy (and daily life)
One of the biggest threats to the modern human? Digital Fingerprinting.
What if I said websites and browsers know a lot more about you than you think they do. In fact, they may even know you better than you!
So, browsers and websites track everything you do on the internet. Things you search for, links you click, food you order, clothes you stare at, the time you spend on every single website and so much more.
Have you ever just wanted to buy a shoe and somehow shoe ads start popping up everywhere? Almost seems like magic, well, it’s not.
Digital fingerprinting is how each of your web actions are tracked, monitored and recorded. This is then used to generate a digital profile of you.
The profile is either used by the collector party (browser/website) or in some cases even sold to third-parties!
That’s another problem a VPN saves you from. Because VPNs change your IP address, websites get a new IP each time you use the internet. As a result, they can not build this profile they so desperately want to.
4. Protect yourself from hackers
A VPN isn’t limited to just “changing your IP address”. It also encrypts your connection.
In simpler words, it adds security to your network. But, you don’t work for NASA or the FBI. Do you even need this security? Yes, you do. Every person who uses a public Wi-Fi at metro stations, cafes or anywhere else does.
Most public Wi-Fi networks are unencrypted. This is why hackers love these. If you’re connected to an unsecure network, hacking into your system takes seconds.
The VPNs encrypt your connection so that even if you aren’t compromised even when you’re attacked.
5. Cheaper flight tickets/hotels
As I said earlier, this article helps “everyone”. I’m sure you’ve booked flight or hotel tickets online at some point in your life.
Did you know the prices differ based on your IP address and location? The differences can be as minor as a few dollars, to as massive as 10-15% or more.
All you’ve to do is, choose a random location when booking your tickets. Do this a few times and you’re bound to find the price difference I’m talking about.
5. Adds overall privacy (even from the govt.)
Before I conclude this piece, let me just say that the VPN basically adds to your privacy. You can be “untraceable” if you utilize a VPN to its full potential.
And yes, this applies regardless who’s trying to track you. If you do it right, not even govt. agencies can trace/track you.
Reputed VPNs do not store logs. Meaning, they do not store your original IP address. Hence, whatever you do online if and when tracked, leads the trackers to this VPN-IP and not your original IP.
Do note that you shouldn’t indulge in any illegal activities just because you can.
Conclusion- Why EVERYONE needs a VPN?
I rest my case. None of the use-cases mentioned above are illegal. Moreover, these are things which will benefit each of you reading this no matter who you are.
This list obviously isn’t absolute. There are quite a few other reasons why a VPN will benefit the everyday internet user. However, I’m sure you’re getting the idea now, aren’t you?
Go then, get yourself a VPN (make sure it has a “no log” policy) and unlock the true internet, eh?