Understand what VPNs are

VPN, which in English means Virtual Private Network, is a structure that connects computers through a secure network, as the exchanged communication data is encrypted. Increasingly popular, “Virtual Private Network” is a cost-effective way to bridge devices over the internet. In this article, we'll explain what VPNs are and help you choose one. Windows VPN.

What are VPNs?

Generally speaking, a VPN network connects two devices (computers, tablets, cell phones or others) over the internet. Information is protected due to encryption (scrambling) of the data. The VPN hides the IP address, and the network redirects the user through a remote server run by a VPN host. In this way, the internet service provider and third parties cannot see the websites that the user visits, nor what data he sends or receives when he is online. Also, because data is encrypted on a VPN and requires an encryption key, cyber criminals cannot decrypt it.

An example of VPN use in domestic applications is when the user, accessing the internet from his home, makes websites think he is in another country. As the VPN allows to hide the real geographic location, the user can browse anonymously and, thus, have access to content and services that are not available in the country from which he is connecting. Another advantage of this technology is that the user's online activities remain hidden even on public Wi-Fi networks, and most VPN services do not store activity logs.

The most recurrent application of VPNs occurs in companies that need to connect their branches to the same network. By building VPNs, it is possible to exchange data between company computers cheaply and securely, reducing the risk of data leakage. In corporate environments it is also common to use these networks to connect employees who work remotely, so that they can remotely access network services and confidential information of the company they work for.

VPN for Windows: protection for your digital life

For protect your privacy, control your personal data e avoid tracking, you can download and install specialized applications. Keep these recommendations in mind when choosing one for your Windows:

Some apps offer safety nets that ensure your sensitive data isn't compromised and prevent your ISP from knowing you're using a VPN. Observe logging policies: choose an app that does not monitor, track or store your online activities. Evaluate how many devices the app allows you to connect – some offer an unlimited number of devices. Make sure there's a safety net in place in case your VPN connection drops – that way your activities and sensitive data won't be exposed. Finally, make sure the app has an ad blocker and expert support to optimize your user experience.

By following these recommendations, it will be easier to browse privately, hiding your location, preventing your data from being stolen and ensuring your online security.


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