VPNs: Are They Necessary?

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The purpose of Virtual Private Network was to protect an individual's online data and privacy. / Photo by: prykhodov via 123rf

 

A virtual private network, or a VPN, is becoming more and more common as time goes on. VPNs were typically used for malicious purposes early in its inception, from bypassing proxies and firewalls, to, in the case of oppressive governments, sidestepping censorship to access certain sites or locations on the net. The original purpose of VPNs was to create a secure connection when online, effectively protecting one's online data and privacy. The question then becomes, which ones should you look out for?

One of the most popular ones is called PureVPN, which boasts security features like Ozone, that filters content at one's discretion. It even has an intrusion-detection feature that alerts the user in case someone is attempting to hack their PC. The only problem with this particular VPN is that it is not as fast as advertised, and focuses more on providing secure connections for their users. NordVPN is another service that takes your security to the next level, where it has military-grade 256-bit AES encryption that protects your information from 3rd parties. This is the go-to VPN if you have the money and the need for secure connections to the internet.

The ones stated here are just the tip of the iceberg and show a recurring trend in VPN services, where they focus on security above all else, and make sure their customers have the safest experience possible. So, are VPNs necessary? Yes, to the people that take their personal information online seriously and want a way to protect themselves from attacks. Keep in mind that as time goes on, it is important to constantly update your software and your VPN service to keep up with the level of security needed to protect your electronics.