Published on May 8, 2017
Internet privacy is such a huge things these days thanks to the abundance of people online, and people who might want to steal your information. While passwords and safeguards are still important, protecting your IP address and digital footprint has become an even bigger thing. If hackers can’t track your digital signature, then you’re a lot safer.
That’s where the VPN comes in. VPN stands for virtual private network. It allows users to send and receive data through networks as though it was a private network. This lets you protect your location from websites and even access proxy servers. More importantly it protects anyone who might be watching. Think of a VPN like a secret tunnel or passageway where you receive and send secret messages.
There is a drawback to VPNs however. Just like traveling through a tunnel it’s much slower compared to traveling in the open. As such VPNs will take the time to protect your phone but also slow down your usage a bit. The mobile data consumption will be the same though.
How can you use this VPN you ask? Well for both Android and iOS users I recommend Opera VPN.
Opera VPN lets you change your virtual location and even blocks ads and pop ups. You can protect your device from unwanted malware. It’s also great to pair this up with Opera Max, a data tracking app that lets you monitor your usage. You’ll have great functionality when you use both together letting you switch depending on the need. There’s also Guardian in Android that blocks ad trackers, which you can toggle on or off. The iOS version automatically blocks ad trackers.
So that’s what a VPN is and why it’s important. Remember to always stay safe on the web!