A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to send and receive data over a secure connection with another network over the Internet. You can use VPNs to protect your Internet usage from snooping hackers or ISPs and access geo-restricted websites. So this can be useful if using public Wi-Fi in a shopping centre or coffee shop, for instance.
VPNs are becoming more popular as users (like yourself!) are becoming increasingly aware of their cybersecurity and online privacy. Originally, businesses used VPNs to connect their separate networks together or allow their employees to connect to work from home. Businesses still use them in this way, but it’s no longer its primary use.
A VPN forwards all network traffic on your PC, smartphone or tablet to a secure network of servers. This allows you to browse the internet using their internet connection. So if these servers are in a different country, it will appear that you are coming from that country. This allows you to access websites and services that you wouldn’t be able to normally from your home country.
So what can you do with this magic? You can use a VPN to:
Most people these days are using them for torrenting or avoiding geo-restrictions in order to watch content in a different country. That said, you should consider using them to protect yourself on public Wi-Fi too!
Your PC, smartphone or tablet will virtually connect to the same network as the VPN servers once you’ve enabled the VPN service. Your device will then automatically send all your network traffic over a secure connection to the VPN servers. Once you connect, you will be able to access the local network resources of the VPN network, even when you’re in a different country. You can also browse the internet using the VPN server’s location instead of your own. You can see how this will help give you some privacy online or get around geo-restricted websites or services.
So, you connect to the VPN – what’s happening when you browse the internet? Your device will send a request to the website you want to view. The VPN forwards the request for you and then forwards the response from the website back to you. For instance, you want to watch that great new show on Netflix, but it’s only available in the US. You connect to a US-based VPN service and access Netflix. Netflix will then see that your request came from the US and allows you to watch the show.
We recommend Avast SecureLine VPN which boasts lightning fast servers, 256-bit AES encryption, 55 locations over 34 countries and no logging. With one click, you can enable and disable this powerful VPN service. Like all things good, Avast SecureLine is a paid-for service but comes included in our Avast CloudCare Managed Antivirus software.
This software is available to you once you’ve signed up to one of our Managed IT Support plans. We will secure all computers on your network with Avast CloudCare with the option of enabling SecureLine on as many computers as your heart desires.
Yes of course! Most people are looking for a simple way for them to protect themselves while roaming the internet, downloading torrents or using streaming services. There are limitations to using free services but they’re FREE, so no complaining! Simply sign up and download the client software for your device. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy.
Each VPN service has paid-for alternatives, so if you like the service, you can always upgrade to get the most out of it.