They want to talk about VPNs virtual private networks. Now with a lot of people in the remote working, um, you know, working at home home networks, working in offices that are not your corporate office, a virtual private network is one of the best things that you can put onto your end points, whether it’s your mobile phone or your PCs, but we’ll just focus on your PCs or laptops. If you don’t have one that the corporate through your corporation, um, devices. However, there are very, very big differences between free VPNs and paid VPNs. The first piece is privacy and security. So if you want a VPN to be focused on privacy and security, no VPN is going to be secure from an encryption standpoint, but it may not be private.
So remember security is preventing unauthorized access. Privacy is keeping the use of the data collected, uh, private, because you can have a secure platform. I E Facebook, Facebook is a very secure platform. However, their privacy practices are, are very, very close to, to nail because they sell your data. They use their data in a whole bunch of different ways, and they’ve been have a pile of problems, but when it comes to privacy, not necessarily security. So if you want privacy and security, a free VPN is something that you absolutely should not use by a VPN service if you want it for pure, for security and for your privacy of your, um, web use web traffic, I’ll get into a little bit more details later if you want it just for the security aspects. There are, um, good, some free VPNs, but you got to be cautious because some free VPNs don’t even encrypt your data.
And most of that actually do the encryptions are very lightweight. Um, the lowest methods, one 28 that can be easily broken and it’s just not to do in it. And the reason why they do that is to make it fast boost performance, um, because the, the free providers limited resources, they’re not going to have hundreds of servers around the world. It’s, it’s, it’s some small team and therefore it’s free. So their ad revenue based, how do they get ad revenue by collecting and selling your data? So they’re not going to be private. Um, the security might be lax, but if you want a free VPN, just to get something, go out and research, go out and review, ask me questions. I’ll help you find one. I would not recommend it. And VPNs are pretty affordable for what they provide. Another reason to have a VPN, especially in the remote mode today is accessing black co uh, blocked content.
So whether it’s your internet service provider or your school or your business has blocked you from accessing something, uh, certain websites, a free VPN might be able to help you overcome those blocks and those restrictions because of what it does. It changes the server that you used access to internet. So a lot of the blocks are going to be coming from a white list. So they’re going to say, well, you have from your home IP or this computer, with this IP can’t access, this will use a VPN. It obvious skates, your IP address. It makes you look like you’re coming from somewhere in the world, which doesn’t get picked up by the, by the block rules. And therefore you’re able to access the content free VPN is, um, might be able to get around that paid VPNs will be far more efficient, especially if you’re doing it from government level or geo blocking, um, where they restricting access from different countries and things like that.
Um, premium VPNs have far better obfuscation capabilities, more servers around the world, and we’ll be able to get you around those types of things you want to block the most popular reason to have a VPN is unblocking content on streaming services. So, um, a lot of video video consumption is going on, whether it’s through YouTube, whether it’s through Netflix or Hulu or wherever, and eventually you’re going to, as you, as you begin to consume, constantly in our, our hours are up. You’re eventually going to get to whether it’s music videos or, or movies or something. That’s going to be hosted in say the UK and the UK, that video doesn’t allow anybody outside of the UK to access it. So if you’re in the, in the United States and you want to access this video, that’s hosted in the UK and it has a geo block on it.
A VPN will allow you to connect into servers out of the UK and make it look like you’re coming from the United Kingdom to access that content. Uh, vice-a-versa goes for, for Netflix or HBO, or it’s very handy if you’re traveling. So if you’re in the United States and you traveled to Mexico, you’re not going to be able to access your HBO service because you’re in Mexico. But if you’re using the VPN, you can connect back into the United States, proxies and access the paid service that you paid for, and you should be able to have that right to access it whenever. And wherever that you can VPNs will help you do that. Free VPNs are blocked and do not have the resources to stay ahead of the IP blocking, um, capabilities of HBO’s. The Netflix’s of the world premium services are far more efficient and have far greater masking capabilities.
And w um, to get around that, and some paid VPNs are even better at that. Um, right now I’m using express VPN. I was using private internet access for years before that. And, uh, Netflix kept because I had my VPN on all the time, and I was just connecting to proxy servers various around the world. Eventually all of private internet access proxies were blocked by Netflix. And I wasn’t able to watch it, even though I was just sitting at home legitimately, and I didn’t want to hop off beyond my, on my naked ISP. So I switched to express VPN, and I have had zero blocking problems accessing any type of, um, paid subscription services that I have. So some premium services are better than others. And then lastly is if you’re torrenting and you can torrenting, I know you immediately might think PRI uh, piracy and illegal downloads.
No, but torrenting is a very legitimate process, especially if you’re downloading major files. If you’re downloading, um, Linux images, torrent is the most efficient and fast way to do it. Um, um, you can do VPNs will also offer you skate, um, your IP address. And it’s very important for torrenting. If you understand how torrenting works, it’s very peer based and all of the peers, whether you’re a seeder or a leecher, I’m not getting into how torrenting works, but all of those can see all of the IP addresses of somebody who is leaching or downloading a file or seeding it with meaning they’ve already downloaded it in our offering it for other downloads. You want to obfuscate your home IP address or your network IP address. And VPNs will do that to allow you to be part of the torrent network, but also block and, and keep it from somebody isolating you down to your geolocation, or even your ISP, which can even, could be pinpointed to your house.
So at the end of the day, uh, really the summary here is that if you’re going to want to get a VPN and you’re serious about using it, invest in one express, VPN, Nord, VPN, private internet access, just go type in, you know, 20, 20 VPN reviews or ask myself or any other forums of which ones are used, which one’s better. Um, they, depending on the length of the contract that you can get, you can get it down for as cheap as $3 a month. You may have to sign up for a three-year contract, but you’ll get overtime. It’s $3 a month, otherwise, you know, $6 a year, $8 a year. But if you care about your security care about your privacy care about putting the VPN on all of your devices. Cause I have it on, on all of my laptops on my mobile devices, my iPad, my iPhones, and, and, uh, it’s always running all the time because I don’t want anybody snooping, especially my ISP who, um, uh, you know, could be filtering or throttling or doing or whatever with a VPN.
They can’t do that cause they can’t see where I’m going. Um, invest in one, if you need to go to a free one, be very, very, very careful on what you pick because you don’t know what these free ones, what data they’re collecting on you, how they’re selling it free doesn’t mean free. You’re paying it somehow and most likely it’s from your data. So just be very, very cautious on going into a free VPN and never use the free VPN service from Facebook. That’s the last warning. So this is the one where you need to do some research, ask some questions, get confident, invest in the VPN. If you have to be very, very diligent. If you’re going to go to a free one and be very careful on, on what you put it on there, um, that security and five BYOB