Written by: Colin
Virtual Private Networks are essentially a security tool for anonymizing your connection to public internet by adding a layer of connection between your PC and the internet source you want to connect to.
They’ve been around for years and are more commonplace in the business world but becoming more popular for wary consumers. For example, when you google “restaurants” while at home, you get a list of places within a few blocks of where you live. With a VPN enabled, you can choose which server you are connecting through around the world so googling “restaurants” could give you a list of places in Toronto if you’ve chosen a server in this city to connect through. The practical use for this service ranges from protection and security to convenience. Security-wise, when connecting to large public networks, a VPN stops other folks on the network from intercepting your data and gaining your personal information. VPNs also make it tough for folks to track you online, thus practically preventing the creepy tailored advertisements you see on your facebook feed after a little online shopping. One other benefit that’s gradually going away is that VPNs can help you get around censorship (China’s great firewall for instance) and geo-restrictions (Netflix content availability in different countries) but with questionable legality and ethics. Regardless of use, VPNs are a solid security tool for safer internet use while travelling.
For my VPN, I chose Keep Solid’s VPN Unlimited. I found a great deal on their lifetime service for 5 devices and snapped it up. VPN Unlimited is highly rated and had a bunch of solid reviews. So far, functionality has been smooth on both my PC and phone and they have handy apps to set preferences and select servers from across the world to connect through.
Sara & Colin
We are figuring out our travel as we go along, and we'd love to help you out with yours! Here are some tips, tricks, and how-to guides.