Privacy and VPNs are both synonymous to 2019. But, you know what else is synonymous to 2019? Tracking the crap out of everyone’s online presence.
What does a VPN do?
To explain how a VPN works in Laymen’s terms, a VPN basically just protects you from any external source (hackers, the Government, etc…) trying to spy on what you’re doing, while you browse the web and perform your daily tasks.
It basically creates a tunnel for your data to safely travel through while you browse the web, as opposed to browsing the web not connected to the web.
Which would allow hackers, ISPs, governments, and corporations to spy on what websites you visit and such.
To reinforce what I’m trying to say, I think the following diagram does the explanation justice:
In order to understand why everyone needs a VPN, I think it’s necessary to mention the historical and present uses/functionality of a VPN!
Historical and Present functionality of a VPN.
What have VPNs been used for in the past?
Over the years, people have used VPNs or Virtual Private Networks for a number of different reasons. In the beginning, a VPN was mainly focused toward allowing you to access your devices over the VPNs connection without necessarily being on the same network connection.
Basically, all the devices connected to the VPN are really just connected to a central server, which allows all the connected devices to talk to each other via the central server.
To build on this, this usage of VPNs was especially common (and still is) in commercial environments.
This is due to the fact that this method of using a VPN would allow companies to interconnect their entire infrastructure for little to no added cost.
What are VPNs being used for in the modern era?
Now, If we were tunnel forward 😅 to the modern day usage of VPN’s, I don’t think anybody would be surprised to their use, as we’re constantly being bombarded with VPN commercials advertising this.
It’s privacy if you didn’t yet get the memo😐
A VPN can ensure your ultimate privacy whether you’re browsing the web on your couch, or you’re out and about accessing your most sensitive, and personal data(including: banking information, PayPal, Roblox Account…etc)
With this being said, VPNs are mostly being used for establishing some sense of privacy in 2019!
Future of VPNs?
I can’t say for sure the definitive future of VPNs, sorry, but I can say that we’ll most likely see a few changes geared in the direction of:
- Smaller latency times
- More support on current devices
- Better software and methods of blocking VPNs (especially in schools and workplaces)
You Need a VPN!!!
As we saw from the recent progression of VPNs, we saw that they are evolving and being developed with the main focus surrounding individual use.
So yeah, you need a VPN to protect your online privacy. Now, this may not sound as vital as the title, but it absolutes is.
As mentioned in the modern uses of a VPN headline, I mentioned how VPNs are becoming largely centered around its user’s privacy.
To build on the evidence in this headline, here’s some examples of how a VPN can enhance our online privacy!
Have you ever went on a shopping spree on Amazon, and then went browsing on the web?
Chances are that on some of the websites you were browsing to, you saw ads that were directly related to what you were just shopping for.
This is called Targeted Advertising.
The thought behind this is, is that if the ad companies can show you relevant ads, then you’re more likely to click these ads.
Theres only one side effect of these ad companies that do targeted advertising though.
It requires a ton of data.
I mean these ad companies have to employ tracking devices on a ton of websites that you visit, in order to track essentially everything you search for. This way they can provide you with the advertising that you’re most likely to click, so they can get paid more.
It’s outright intrusive, and plain old annoying.
This is where a VPN would come in.
Essentially, if you were using a VPN, these ad companies would have a very difficult time tracking you because your online profile would become semi-anonymous and also these tracking devices would be blocked(by most VPN-providers).
Moreover, a VPN would protect you from this annoying and intrusive targeted advertising.
Everyone has heard the age old saying that says something like “Don’t access your banking information on public Wi-Fi sonny!”
This is such an inconvenience in 2019 as it seems like we are always on the go and have to access public Wi-Fi. Whether we’re at a Starbucks, McDonalds, or just about any other public establishment.
It feels like we need to access that public Wi-Fi to get our work done. It’s just so tempting.
So, why can’t we login to our banks on this forsaken Wi-Fi?
Well, this has to do with the fact that anyone can access this Wi-Fi, even hackers 👻! In general, a public Wi-Fi network means that theres no inherit security built into the network to protect you from your data from being snooped on.
Again, this is where a VPN would come in handy.
The VPN would in theory, establish a secure layer for your data to travel through on the local network to the secure VPN servers far away.
So yeah, a VPN would also protect you on public Wi-Fi.
As we can see from the transformation VPNs have made over the last few years, we know that they are evolving to do things that they were never intended, nor really created to do.
Which is providing privacy to the masses.
I can only wonder where VPNs will take us over the next few years, and how they’ll transform.