What is a VPN (Virtual Private Network)?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a secure connection to the internet called a tunnel. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and encrypt traffic from the ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Many services create a secure connection to the internet using third-party applications, which are easy to install, configure, and utilize. These connections are most commonly used to alter your device’s public IP address – to mask your physical location; great for access shows that are not available in your country or region.

There are other VPN connections that create a secure tunnel from wherever you are to access secure documents within a business environment. These types of connections are a bit more complicated to set up and typically require a little knowledge of your particular operating system to configure.

Whatever the reason you have to use a VPN connection, all that matters is that you protect your online presence from the unknown elements of the internet of things.