What does a VPN do?

If you don’t already know what a VPN is and what they do, we’re going to help you change that. VPNs are one of the easiest to use and most useful pieces of software to use on the internet. They can help you with a wide range of things and we are going to discuss each one.

What is a VPN

Before you can think about what a VPN does, you need to understand what they are. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are software that allows you to change your online identity and also encrypts your internet traffic at the same time. They started out as security tools, but nowadays people are using them for all sorts of things. 

Top 3 uses of a VPN

  • Access to geo-blocked online content

Online streaming platforms have taken over the internet. Nowadays most people watch movies or series online instead of subscribing to expensive satellite/cable television companies. These online platforms are more convenient and have all of your favourite content available with the click of a button. The only problem is that you can’t use these platforms where ever you go. 

Online streaming platforms have to abide by international copyright laws, which means if they can’t purchase the rights to a certain series/movie in your country you will be unable to watch it from there. This could be sports such as NHL streams for example.

For example, Netflix USA has the biggest library, which means if you want to watch everything Netflix has to offer you have to be located inside America. If you try to watch Netflix USA content outside of America, you will simply be stopped. This goes for all online streaming platforms. Luckily, there is a way around this by using a VPN.

As we mentioned, VPNs can change your location. All you have to do is connect to an American VPN server and you will trick their system into allowing you access to the Netflix USA library. This works for all online streaming platforms and all you have to do is know which country to connect your VPN to. You will now be able to connect to sites such as those that offer NHL live stream services.

  • P2P Downloading

P2P downloading, like torrents, is where you download content from other users who share it. This might not seem like a problem, but it is when you are downloading and sharing content that is protected by copyright laws. Although it is rare that you will be prosecuted for P2P downloads, some ISPs have gone as far as preventing these types of connections entirely. 

Whether you want to make sure no one can see what you’re doing or you need a way around the ISPs blockages, a VPN can help you. Simply connect to a VPN – some even have special P2P servers – and you will once again be able to download all your favourite P2P content without any worries.

  • Cheaper airline and hotel rates

Depending on where you are searching from, hotels and airlines may charge you higher or lower rates. Instead of falling prey to this tactic, why not use a VPN to change your location and find the cheapest rates available. By connecting to different countries, and sometimes even different servers within a country, you will be able to shop around for the lowest rates and save yourself money even while on holiday. 

Some countries may have discounts while other low-income countries may just have lower rates entirely. Take your time to find the best option for your selected hotel or flight.