VPN: what it is and how it works
A VPN (virtual private network) is the simplest and most effective way to protect people’s internet traffic and keep your online identity private. By connecting to a secure VPN server, internet traffic is funneled into an encrypted tunnel that no one can access , including hackers, governments, and your internet service provider.
Consumers use VPNs to keep their online activity private and ensure their internet experience is free from outside interference. Businesses use VPNs to connect distant employees, as if they are all using the same local office network, but with fewer benefits for individuals than a personal VPN.
Change your location
Using a VPN, you can change your IP address , the unique number that identifies you and your location in the world. This new IP address will make you appear in the location you select when connecting to e.g. UK, Germany, Canada, Japan or pretty much any other country, if the VPN service has servers there.
Protect your privacy
By changing your IP address with a VPN, you protect your identity from websites, apps and services that want to track you. A good VPN also prevents your internet provider, mobile operator, and anyone else who might be listening, from seeing your activity, thanks to strong encryption.