Since you’re here, chances are you’ve come across the term VPN, or Virtual Private Network, but hearing about it — because you want to watch BBC iPlayer on U.S. soil, or Netflix when traveling abroad — probably isn’t enough. If you want to know everything about why a VPN is also great for anonymity, security, and your personal online safety, you’re in the right place.

What is a VPN and why do I need one?

A VPN is a clever way of obscuring your online identity. Usually, when you go online you get connected to a server and given a unique IP address. This identifies where you are logging on from and can store data about you. Since these servers are relatively open, there are inherent risks to privacy and there could even be bad actors watching, and potentially, threats that can access your data. This IP address can give away your real world identity, allowing potentially negative…

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