Whenever you connect to the Internet, your IP Address identifies you and your location and your Internet Service Provider generally keeps logs of all your activity. The connection to your Internet Service Provider is not encrypted or secure so can be easily read by hackers.
VPN - Virtual Private Network
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to create a secure encrypted connection to a different server from your ISP.
When connected to the Internet via a VPN, your encrypted secure connection uses an anonymous IP address allocated by the remote VPN server thereby shielding your identity and location. VPN service providers have many servers located around the world, giving the customer the ability to select where they would like their lP Location.
VPN's can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more.
VPN's originally were just a way to connect business networks together securely over the internet or allow you to access a business network from home. Due to the increasing security threats to private individuals using the internet, many companies are now offering VPN services for general use to combat hackers.
Is your location and IP Address secure?
See your current location - this will be the IP address allocated by your ISP and your actual location.
When you are connected via a VPN, you choose a location that could be anywhere in the world and the IP address belongs to the VPN server.
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