VPNs and Why You Should Use Them

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs for short, have become increasingly essential of late as we more often access sensitive data from remote locations — and as the threat of having our sensitive data stolen by attackers has increased. Here’s what you should know.

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  • What a VPN Does: VPNs provide a secure connection over the Internet between a user and the data or websites to which they connect and encrypts the data exchanged across that connection. A user opens a VPN portal on their system — or their tablets and mobile devices — or navigates to a VPN website, and from there operates under the VPNs protection through the VPN-specific series of protected computers and networks.
    VPNs provide a secure connection over the Internet between a user and the data or websites to which they connect and encrypts the data exchanged across that connection.
  • Why Use a VPN: To the extent that the general public is familiar with VPNs, most people probably think of it as a corporate protocol for business travelers and people who work remotely — something to use to protect your company’s data. That’s not the case anymore. VPNs are used for lots of reasons — they are particularly useful for business travelers and people who download massive amounts of data —but the underlying theme is that it is the best way to ensure that your data is always protected. It’s an added safety measure if you already work on a secure network, but it’s critical to use VPNs over open public Wi-Fi connections — hence their origins in the traveling corporate space. Attackers prey on unsuspecting people in coffee shops, hotels and airports, but a VPN provides the security to stop them.
  • Which VPNs to Use: There are lots of VPNs to choose from, some of which are free, some of which are not — but we’re not talking astronomical prices, more in the $5-$10/month range. Among the most popular paid VPNs are Hamachi, Private Internet Access and Astrill. Some of the most popular free VPNS are Shrew Soft, Comodo Unite and the free/basic version of Hamachi.
  • Note of Caution: Like all security measures, though, no even the securest of VPNs can be exploited. And a VPN can’t protect you if you choose to download malicious files, which is why you still have to be as cautious as ever about the emails you open, the attachments you download and the links you click through. Because VPNs aren’t 100 percent secure, it is still essential to use a robust security suite like Kaspersky PURE 3.0, which provides a high level or protection while ensuring your system’s speed and efficiency, while programs like Kaspersky Internet Security help you secure your online activity, protecting you from potential attacks — with or without a VPN.
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Comments

  1. Excellent post. Another common use for a VPN, apart from the obvious security, is to be able to access services from your home country while you are travelling overseas. Regardless of whether you are away from home as a tourist or as an expat, it’s nice to be able to access television from your home country, or other services which might be location-restricted.
    It’s one of the main reasons why I use a VPN, I’ve been using the HMA service (from http://hidemyiponline.com/hmvpn) and can’t fault it. But, I agree that a decent antivirus, kept regularly up-to-date is still an absolute must!

  2. Mike says:

    Yea I never thought I would need such a service to protect my privacy, but vpn is the way to go if needed.

  3. Aidan says:

    There are VPNs that have higher security levels and can block malware more efficiently that anti-virus software. ExpressVPN (https://expressvpn.biz) is the one that has worked well for me. Access has also never been easier, no matter where in the world I am.

  4. King Q says:

    Very good post!I often connect to VPN before i am planning to use public WiFi. Protect personal privacy.I used one free trial vpn services to activate Kapersky.

  5. Yolo Boy says:

    I use Mullvad, it works perfect for me!
    Remember: Pay cash or Bitcoin, when you buy VPN!
    Private Internet Access and Mullvad accept Bitcoins!
    I would love to pay with Bitcoin for Kaspersky also!!! Come one, Eugene.

  6. Karl says:

    Having a small business I find that Bell’s solution is good, reduces costs and adds security

  7. Chris says:

    Great article Kaspersky (aka Aaron), we’ve just published a more in depth article about the various other benefits of using a VPN, in fact it is titled the Top five reasons to use a VPN, we hope it can go some way to elaborate on the Kaspersky article here, take a read and let us know your thoughts vpncompare.co.uk/top-five-reasons-to-use-a-vpn/

  8. Joy says:

    PrivacyAbroad.com has a great VPN, all their services are secure in Switzerland.

  9. VPN Accounts says:

    Brilliant post very well written I must say. Vpn is the necessity of internet users. Although the benefits of using vpn is endless but in my view security feature is the best feature.

  10. fara2005 says:

    thank you for this article, we will think over use vpn