VPNs – Protecting the Internet

VPNs – Protecting the Internet

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It is amazing to think that there are so many people out there that are confident in the security and privacy of what they are doing online. However, in a world where we are monitored by millions of CCTV cameras, where GPS in our phones gives up our current location wherever we are, and where people can literally use Google Maps to see where we live, is it really any surprise to learn that nothing about the internet is private, safe, or secure?

The good news is that there is a way to protect the internet, or what you are specifically doing on it and this is via a VPN. As Croatians will tell you, a VPN zastita na internetu which broadly translates as ‘protects the internet’ will give you the ability to have far anonymity when online.

These are virtual private networks of computers that you can connect to that will keep your traffic and IP address completely secure. As long as the VPN provider does what it says and keeps its network completely secure, you will be able to surf the net in complete privacy.

Why is Online Privacy Important?

Do you really want sniffers, apps, websites, and software to be able to track who you are, where you’re from, and what you’re doing online? The data that can be collected from your internet activity will lead to targetted ads, the potential of hacking, or even your entire identity being stolen. Besides that, we deserve privacy right? Not that we get it in any other aspect of our lives.

While we should accept that our privacy is something that will always be attacked, this does not mean that we shouldn’t try and do something about it. We should always be taking whatever steps to keep our lives private whether this is turning off the GPS on our phones or in our car, keeping our landlines unlisted, or using a VPN.

Other Benefits of a VPN

Of course, while privacy is a major benefit of using a VPN provider, you’ll find that there are plenty of others as well.

  • Better Security – Your traffic and data are encrypted which makes it almost impossible for hackers to get their hands on it.

 

  • Better Performance – Many VPN networks will actually get your traffic to the desired destination far quicker than standard servers.

 

  • Circumvent Geo-Restrictions – Want to watch a Netflix movie that is only available in another country? A VPN will allow you to do so as you can use an IP address of a computer on the network to access the content.

When you add those benefits on top of the far superior privacy you will be getting when surfing the internet, you’ll see straight away just why they are so popular. You’ll find other benefits as you use them as well.

How Much Does a VPN Cost?

We think that you will actually be quite surprised at just how cheap a good quality VPN can be. If you sign up for one, you will normally get a cheaper monthly subscription for the longer you sign up for. This could be for as little as a couple of dollars a month for a years subscription which is great value for money. Even just a single month will not cost you much more than $5.

We do advise that you avoid free VPNs though unless you are just seeing how they work. Privacy and security are not anywhere near as good on a VPN that is free to use – as you might expect considering they are not getting any money from you.…

How You Can Use a VPN to Get Different Netflix Catalogues

Did you know that earlier this year, Netflix changed how they did things? It has long been clear that there are different movie, documentary and television series catalogs on this popular video streaming site but it was only until recently that they would lock you into the regions content from whereby you registered your account.

This is fine if you are happy to watch the Netflix Italia catalog or the catalogue from whichever country you are based but for many of you, you will want to have access to the full international catalog offered with the US version. The US will usually have the quickest access to blockbuster movies and the television series’ they create are usually among the most popular in the world.

However, if you created your account using an IP address from Italy, you are only going to be able to watch content from Netflix Italia. Previously it would not matter where your account was created and it would just automatically change the content to the region you are viewing from.

Watching US Netflix From Your European Home

 Before the recent changes you would just need to use a VPN and connect to the region which content you wanted to view but now that the content is locked dependent on the IP address used to create your NetFlix account, this is no longer possible.

Instead, you are now going to have to create a new email address and Netflix account from your chosen country in order to enjoy that particular content for the region. Again, a VPN will have to be used to achieve this with there being plenty of them to choose from.

Many of these will be free and with limited data usage but paid versions that can be used for just a few dollars a month might be your best bet.

A free VPN might be enough to get the job done as you literally just need to create an account but if you are planning on watching Netflix frequently from this account, you will obviously need to sign up to a paid version that has no data limits. NordVPN, VyprVPN, and ExpressVPN are just three providers you should take a look at if you are happy to part with a few bucks each month.

Once you have your VPN set up and installed you simply have to connect to a server in the US and create both an email account and a NetFlix account. From then on, every time you want to watch the US catalog on Netflix, you can simply turn on your VPN and you are away.

 

 

 

 

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