What is a VPN? How secure is it? Best VPN Providers.

The other day we discussed in detail about what the incognito or the private mode is when it comes to browsing the internet.

Many of you people wanted a detailed article about the VPN option stated there. So here it goes…

We will talk about What is a VPN, Why do you use VPN?, How does it work?, How Secure is a VPN?, and what are the best VPN Services in the Market?

What is a VPN

VPN or virtual private network, is an encrypted connection over the Internet from a device to a network. An Encrypted connection is something which helps ensure that sensitive data is safely transmitted. It prevents unauthorized people from eavesdropping on the traffic that you send and receive. VPN technology is widely used in corporate environments to secure their sensitive data from hackers and their competitors.

However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular because of the increase in the number of incidents of data theft. Let’s take a look at breachlevelindex.com, which states nearly 14 billion records of data stolen since 2013. There is also more info on the website which shows specific data by geography, industry, etc.

What is the need to use a VPN?

A lot of big companies collect user data and sell it to third parties and make billions out of the deal. If you may have seen, once you search for anything specific on the internet, a little while later you may start seeing ads regarding your search in a different page or website. This is a simple example of data theft. Companies these days are very cunning and put up a note at the bottom of their page stating that they use Cookies.

Now, this is what the cookie does. Pull specific data from your browsing session and hand them over to companies to advertise, real time.

A few Days ago, there have been huge accusations about personal data getting leaked out of Facebook.

Whether Facebook was hacked out of these details or the Company literally sold these info to a third party for a huge sum of money is immaterial to a common man. However, data has been lost.

Personal data is more valuable than Money these days. And Companies leave no stone unturned to gather these details, however possible.

Now, why should people like you and me use a VPN?

VPN helps avoid hackers laying their hands on our personal data and keeps us worry free while using any application or browser on the Internet.

Let me give out some specific instances to understand this better…

  • If you use public Wifi, people will know what all you have seen and searched on the net. If you want To avoid this, then you must use a VPN.

  • If you use a peer to peer application, you would surely feel that nobody should get to know what you download. Then you need a VPN

  • If you do not want your network provider to know what you surf or download from the internet, then you need a VPN.

  • If you wish to visit any website blocked by your country or the network provider, then you need a VPN.

  • If you really want to keep your privacy, then you need a VPN.

  • Last but not the least, If you want to hack something and if you need to get anonymous, then you need a VPN!

How does it work?

Imagine this. You wish to travel from New York to New Jersey. You take the road, go for a real long drive. People can observe the movement of the vehicle from the skies. Here the Eye in the Sky is anyone who can see your info(Hacker/Government/ISP) . The road is the Internet.

If, let us say, there was a tunnel underneath the same road from New York to New Jersey and you happen to ditch the road for the tunnel, would people be able to see your real time location from the skies? No!. The tunnel happens to be the secure form of data transfer.. The VPN.

People can still see that you have entered the tunnel, however, would not know what exactly you happen to do there or where exactly you are in real time. That’s the advantage.

How Secure is a VPN?

VPN is said to be a Hundred Percent secure by every provider. What the outside world knows is that you have used a VPN to do “something”. But will never know what that “Something” is!

This is for the outside world. Now, what about “inside” the tunnel?

You would come across scores of free VPN providers with a simple search on google. How do these people keep their services free? Something seems Fishy!

Any information passed on from the source to the destination must be logged somewhere. Even inside the tunnel this law holds good. The free VPNs will hide your activity from the ISP or the government.. or even a third person for all it matters.

But what if the VPN service provider sold this data to anyone specific? You would still get advertisements. And the advertising company gets targeted audiences as well! The VPN provider makes money to run the service “absolutely Free”!!! And appalling speeds..

In case of a Premium VPN service, you already are paying a subscription fee on a regular basis to the provider. The provider makes money to give good service. They do not need to sell your data to keep the services afloat! There is no need to throttle the data speeds as well.

So would you go for a free VPN service or a premium one instead? Let us know in the Comments section below!!

What VPN services are the best?

The fact that free VPNs may still sell user data to advertisers is the only reason we would not suggest any of them.

This is a topic that may be biased from person to person. However, before we tell you which one is the best there is one more thing we would like to specify,

A simple google search for best personal VPN providers has returned with more than 11.3 million results out of which we have tried out the most popular ones from the first 10 pages.

Out of all the VPN’s we have tried out, NordVPN has come out to be the best.

Nord VPN currently has over 5100+ servers and 62 different countries, now you will have all the power in your hands to send your IP address on a world tour at the click of a button. It is also speed test certified by ookla to be the fastest VPN service available, there was a recent audit by a big 4 auditing firm and has been proven to store no logs whatsoever.

To give you a fair idea of how much it is going to cost you, a 3 year subscription costs $2.99 per month which is lesser than that cup of coffee at Starbucks or a big mac at McDonald. Now over a three year period, you spend a little less than 108 which is fair price that may be paid to protect something which is priceless….your privacy.

We contacted NordVPN and have gotten a link to the purchase page specially for our viewers.

Click here to get 75% off a 3-year plan of NordVPN. The deal comes down to only $2.99 per month!

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