In our IP Address Guide we write lots of articles about how to get IP address in different nations. We also write about how to protect your data and information on the Internet. The answer to both questions is often a VPN connection. The question is though, what is a VPN connection?
In this article we will try to answer the question in the most easy way possible, and that is why we have called this article „What is a VPN connection – for dummies.” Even your grandmother should be able to understand what a VPN is after reading this article.
VPN = Virtual Private Network
A VPN is a private network that is created between your computer/device and another computer/device. A very normal way to explain a VPN is to compare it with a tunnel. In general your computer is connected directly to the Internet and your data is sent from your computer to the different sites and servers you visit.
If you use a wireless network the principle is almost the same, only that your wireless device is conencted to a router, which again connects you to the Internet.
The wireless signal is in most cases encrypted, thus making your data protected and safe, but if you surf the Internet using open and unencrypted wireless connection your data is at risk and it is in fact quite easy to steal your information.
A VPN is a tunnel
A VPN is often compared to a tunnel and if you take a look at the following illustration you will soon understand what we mean.
If you look at the illustration you will see that your computer connects directly to a VPN server/computer somewhere else in the world. All traffic between your computer and the server is encrypted and hidden from the rest of the world, thus making it safe, even though if you are using an open wireless network. After connecting to the server all your movement on the Internet will not seem to origin from your actual location, but from the location of the VPN server you are connected to. In this way you will be able to get hold of IP addresses in tons of nations using this strategy and you will be able to unlock services that have been formerly locked and blocked by services and geo-blocks.
What VPN service should I use
Maybe you need a VPN connection to get an IP address in another country, or maybe you want to encrypt your connection so that nobody can steal your date. Some people want to unlock programs and gain access to services such as Twitter, Facebook and Skype… no matter what, there are quite a lot of VPN services and providers out there. We have tried to write reviews of quite a lot of these, and you can find those here. Read through them and make a subscription to the VPN provider that seems best to you.
If you simply want us to recommend one to you that is cheap, has a great product and works fine on all platforms then IPVanish can be warmly recommended.
If you have recommendations, feel free to write a comment and share your experience and thoughts.