VPNs are all the rage nowadays. If you’ve been on YouTube for more than five minutes, no doubt you’ve heard some content creator interrupt their point about the best Batman Animated episodes to tell you all about the merits of a VPN.
But we’re all hitting skip on those. It’s something we never think we’re going to need, but when you’re traveling, it becomes particularly attractive to get a VPN. Why is that? Well, we’re going to break it down here. So don’t hit that skip button and read on to find out why you need a VPN while traveling.
Okay, no one goes on holiday to watch TV, but there is always a day when your feet are aching from traipsing all over the city, or hiking over mountains, or you’re a little too sunburnt to leave the hotel room, where you’d rather just plant yourself in front of the TV and take it easy for one day. You’re here to relax after all.
So, you switch on the hotel room TV, only to realise the audio is in German – and the subtitles are in Dutch – for this Spanish soap opera.
This is why you brought your laptop or tablet. You’ve thought ahead. But when you open Netflix, the local dialect takes over the app and find yourself scrolling through titles you’ve never heard of.
This is where a VPN comes in. You can alter a VPN to pretend your laptop is another country, so if you set it to Canada and watch Letterkenny until it’s time to board your flight home. And it will work for anything. YouTube, games, etc. You can even play some of the best online casinos in Canada while waiting at the airport in South Africa without the issue of being ‘geoblocked’ out.
Plus, it works both ways. Maybe you got really into that Spanish soap opera and need to know what happens once you land home. Then just set your VPN to wherever you were when you watched it and go surfing for it.
If you’re thinking about the digital nomad life, or you have an extended business trip coming up, you can use a VPN to ensure a secure visit. Businesses need to keep their work secure, and their biggest gaping hole for thieves is the internet, so getting a VPN will secure networks between businesses.
It is an affordable and cost-effective security alternative to a lot of “innovative” options that hit the market. A VPN is simple solution to keeping company and customer information that could be sensitive in the place it is supposed to be and away from prying eyes.
Without a VPN, an employee can tap into the airport WiFi, along with hundreds or even thousands of others, and be open to the sticky fingers of hackers using the same network. With a VPN, the public network that they are using would be secure due to the fact that the VPN is offering dummy information to the network.
It’s a small thing that can have a lot of negative effects for your company if ignored.