It's a lot to deal with, which is why many people decide to just ignore the problem and take the terrible risks with their security and privacy. The bigger problem, of course, is that we're all so damn connected. So anytime we get the computer security equivalent to peeing in the wind, there's a whole bunch of people in our address books and contacts who have no idea they need an umbrella.
So are you online on your phone, tablet or desktop ̵
A VPN, or virtual private network, keeps your computer's IP address – and your physical location – private. More and more, people are using a VPN to create a private path for their computers and mobile devices to use when they access the Internet. It's a great way to keep your browsing private and attack-proof.
A good VPN encrypts your internet traffic, preventing people from intercepting your connection. Although if a VPN offers "military grade" encryption, it is suspicious: This is a BS marketing claim. Many companies use the same encryption standards as the US government, so pretty much anyone can make the "military grade" claim, and it doesn't mean they have the same security protections as the military.
to protect your identity if you want to leave a comment or browse secretly without the website you're visiting knowing your location.
VPNs protect you from:
- ISPs tracking you and selling the data they collect on your internet activity  Website advertisers spying on you (using a good ad blocker, too)
- Hackers on public WiFi
- Apps and companies spying on your connection
- Blanket surveillance and internet communication interception
- Anyone who wants to identify your IP address or location
- Companies and apps that want your connection data
- Creeps trying to intercept your connection
Oh, and in case you're wondering – yes, they're perfectly legal and actually quite the norm And for business use. In companies, VPNs are typically used to connect employees who are not in the workplace to a computer at work. They connect remote employees to central work servers. Many companies have VPNs so workers can access files and other resources safely over the internet when they're not in the office. However, VPNs are currently restricted in some countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Russia and China.