What is a VPN and Why Do I Need One
You might have heard of a VPN before, especially if you are a Google Fi user, or aren’t and you want to become one, or you are trying to watch your favorite Netflix show that is only available in Britain. If you haven’t heard of a VPN before, that’s okay too, you might still find a great use for one. Basically, a VPN is a virtual private network.
To break this down farther, a VPN allows you to access the internet through a secure and private route by connecting you through a server. This effectively masks your usage and allows you to appear as though you are connecting from anywhere around the globe. That means your VPN is going to hide your IP address and lend you a temporary one so your internet usage is basically untraceable. If you don’t care about privacy (first of all, you should), you may need a VPN if you are a frequent traveler. Using a VPN makes it easy to: Here are some reasons why.
- Work Hard Anywhere. If you’re doing the digital nomad thing, it’s hard enough trying to connect with your colleagues or clients, due to the time differences. It can make it even more complicated if the country you’re in doesn’t allow the web service you need. You may need a VPN to connect through the US so you can access the sites restricted in your area.
- Schedule. If you’re doing blog posting, social media scheduling, or timing an email send, you need to make sure your product posts at the right local time. Most programs allow you to set the time zone that you’re scheduling, but I’ve been burned one too many times accidentally posting to Instagram at 3 am. It’s way easier to fool the internet into thinking I’m back in Portland and scheduling in the proper time zone.
- Watch Netflix from home. If you’ve spent time away from your home country, you may have gotten hooked on a local show… like White Nights a South Korean soap opera… or something of the kind. But American Netflix doesn’t carry it! Well, just connect to your VPN and you can watch from Britain or wherever else you are traveling.
If none of those reasons appeal to you, check out this post by Tech Radar or this one from Mashable. The real tl;dr is, if you care about privacy, security, masking your IP address, or accessing content from a different part of the world, you probably need a VPN. Most are a few bucks a month and are pretty easy to set up, so start looking for yours today!