As universal as connectivity is, and just how attached we have grown to it, the internet is still a digital jungle where a hacker can easily steal your sensitive information from public networks. So instead of using a public network, just use a VPN.
Between Honeypot attacks, Firesheep, and Wi-Fi spoofing, public networks are dangerous. If you happen to be working remotely and need to get to sensitive data on a private server, then doing so from an unsecured public network such as public Wi-Fi hotspot can actually put that data, your business, and job at stake.
A VPN or virtual private network will allow you to securely access a private network and share the data remotely through a public network. It is similar to a firewall that protects the data on your computer, only a VPN protects it while online. Even though a VPN is a wide area network or WAN, the front end keeps the same type of functionality, appearance and security as it would on a private network.
Whenever you connect your computer to a VPN, the computer will act as if it is on the same local network as the VPN. All of your network traffic will be sent over a secure connection to the VPN. Simply because your computer happens to behave as it is on the particular network, this allows you to be able to securely access the local network resources even when you happen to be on the other side of the world. You will be able to use the internet as if you are right there with that VPN location, which has plenty of benefits if you happen to be using public Wi-Fi or you want to visit geo-blocked websites.
Whenever you browse the web being connected to a VPN, your computer will contact the website through the VPN connection that happens to be encrypted. The VPN will then forward the request for you and then will send the response from the website through a secure connection. If you happen to be using a USA-based VPN in order to access Netflix, then Netflix will see your connection as being in the USA.
A VPN is a simple tool, but you can do a lot with it.
You are able to access your business or home networks while you are traveling. Each one will give you a chance to access remote desktop, share local files, play games, and even stop being so exposed while you are on the internet.
You are also able to hide your browsing activity from your ISP and local networks. If you happen to be using public Wi-Fi, then your browsing is can be seen by those that are nearby, if they know how to look into it.
You can even use a VPN to access geo-blocked websites. Say, if you are traveling abroad in another country and would like to use Netflix, simply access your VPN and connect to a USA location. Alternatively, you can even bypass internet censorship in certain countries as well as use VPN to download files.
There are many benefits of using VPN for your internet activities. Tell us how you use it in the comments below!