Anonymous Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

By Job Matheka, Moringa School Student

You have probably heard of anonymous VPN, either technically or by someone mentioning it. If not, don’t feel bad! We will get into that in a moment.

So will start with a general description of a VPN:

A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data.

So how does it all work?

Imagine you are trying to access sensitive data that may be forbidden in the area you want to access it from. So how would you achieve that? First, we need to understand what happens when we access that data without anonymizing our connection.You open up your browser, type an address and receive a resource or content you had requested for, but what goes on behind the scenes after you hit enter on your keyboard? Put simply, your IP address gets logged – thus if someone came looking, they would be able to track you down. So how do we remedy this? First we need to understand how a VPN works.An anonymous VPN will protect your entire internet connection the moment you connect to it, disguising your use of everything from torrent to email to basic web browsing by establishing a virtual network via servers “Far away” to reroute all your traffic and DNS. This way, you will remain anonymous since the IP address logged is not your physical one, but rather one from your VPN provider.

Why should you care?

You should care because you don’t want to be fined heftily and because it’s always better to stay safe. As they say, prevention¬†is better than cure.

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