VPN is an acronym that stands for Virtual Private Network and can be defined as:
a method employing encryption to provide secure access to a remote computer over the Internet.
How can this help you?
I can agree that by reading the definition, it is not immediately obvious how one can benefit from using a VPN.
But let me tell you, it is an essential tool in the arsenal of any entrepreneur.
Basically, the way a VPN works is:
- You connect to a server that can be located anywhere in the world.
- You encrypt and tunnel all your traffic through the server.
- You have an established private connection.
This way, not even your Internet Service Provider can tell which websites you have visited as all the traffic coming out of your computer is encrypted.
I personally use ExpressVPN.
Look at the following diagram for a better idea of how it works:
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With a VPN you connect to the internet through a secure, encrypted connection, this way it appears as if you come from wherever your server is located at.
This way you can effectively hide your IP and location.
This is one of the reasons why I chose ExpressVPN as my VPN service, they use 256-bit SSL encryption for all traffic coming in and out of your device, and they allow you to connect to 136 server locations in 87 countries with more to come.
Also, they honor your privacy fully, allowing you to register without revealing your name or any other piece of personal data. You don’t even need to provide them with your Credit Card details since Bitcoin payments are accepted.
To recap, the way a VPN secures your privacy is by:
- Encrypting all of your traffic
- Hiding your IP address
- Allowing you to change servers at will whenever you need
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Unfortunately, many Internet websites, services, and online content happen to be inaccessible from certain parts of the world.
A notorious example of this is the Great Firewall of China.
But China is not the only one. Governments around the world have gone to great lengths to control access to certain internet websites.
This is achieved by inspecting your Internet traffic and blocking your attempts to connect to specific contents on the internet.
Local Network – Institutional Filtering
If you are connecting to the WiFi network of your institution, be it your School, Office, Library or anywhere else that tends to monitor and/or filter access to certain websites, you may end up not being able to do everything you want to do online.
Some websites may not allow access to their content if you are coming from certain countries.
An example of this is live TV streaming from BBC.co.uk.
If you are in the UK you can access BBC’s video content, if you are outside you can’t.
Again, that’s where a VPN comes to the rescue.
A VPN allows you to unblock your access to websites by routing all your Internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel and VPN server that can be located anywhere on the globe, so your data can’t be inspected, manipulated, or censored by governments, Internet Service Providers or your local network.
Extra Tip: Search Engines and VPNs
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As you may be aware(or not), there’s a different version of Google for each country.
This implies that Google optimizes search results based the location of the user. But simply changing .com to the country specific TLD(Top Level Domain), is not enough as Google is smarter than that, and you may not be able to see everything.
In order to see what people from a specific country see on Google, you have to:
- Connect to a VPN server that is located in that country.
- Go to Google.com
- Wait while you are redirected to the specific version of Google for that country.
- Voila, now you can see what Google is really telling people from different countries around the world.
For more details on how to do this please watch the video above where I explain this procedure in detail.
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ExpressVPN is one of the best VPN services you’ll find around the Internet.
It’s fast, it’s simple and has great support.
Runs on almost any operating system, therefore chances are it will run on your device.
- Android (Tablets and Smartphones)
- iOS (iPhone and iPad)
It has 136+ servers spread over 87 countries at the moment I am writing this.
You can connect to and switch between servers.
It offers Unlimited bandwidth and unlimited server switches so you can change your IP/location as often as you want.
The servers are fast enough to handle downloading big files and streaming live video as seen on the Beat Censorship video.
Multiple Simultaneous Connections
ExpressVPN allows for multiple simultaneous connections from the same account up to a maximum of 3 devices.
So this basically means you can be protected with a VPN on your PC plus Smartphone and any other device of your choice at the same time without paying more for it.
This is one of the points where ExpressVPN excels, as it offers 24/7 live chat and email support.
I have used the live chat support a few times and I always had my problem solved in a matter of minutes.
A referral program that awards 30 days of the service per referred customer is available.
This program suffers from the same problem many affiliate programs suffer.
It’s not provably fair as I have outlined in How Much Money Are You Losing on Untracked Affiliate Commissions?.
This way you can never be sure if the system is tracking all of your referrals or not as it provides no details on your referrals.
Now you have more power to use the Internet in your favor.
Keep your Internet stuff private, Beat the governments and/or organizations censoring the Internet, and change your IP.
It is now your responsibility to use this knowledge wisely, to improve your personal life and give you an extra edge in your business.