What Is a VPN, and Why You Need One
By Max Eddy
Posted November 6, 2019
Have you ever logged onto a public Wi-Fi network and gotten a creeping sense of dread, wondering what someone, somewhere might be able to see of your online activity? That’s entirely reasonable, considering the forces arrayed against your privacy. With a virtual private network (VPN), you can protect your information from prying eyes and regain a measure of privacy online.
When you switch it on, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between you and a remote server operated by a VPN service. All your internet traffic is routed through this tunnel, so your data is secure from prying eyes along the way. Because your traffic is exiting the VPN server, your computer appears to have the IP address of said server, masking your identity and location. More…
This article is well written and presents some excellent information, but fails to mention that you should never use a “free” VPN service. If it is “free”, how are they funding their service? They must be selling your data, which totally defeats the purpose of having a VPN in the first place, and could leave you even worse off than before.