So, a VPN can hide my IP Address. Why do I need to?
Keeping it simple, everything you do online can be tracked!
This all starts with your IP address. IP is an acronym for Internet Protocol.
An IP address is a numeric label which effectively functions as an online identifier.
One example of tracking you will be familiar with and encounter daily when online is Personalised Adverts.
You access a website, the server you connect to logs your IP address and attaches it to all the other data the site can learn about you from your browsing habits, what you click on, how long you spend looking at a particular page. This data is being tracked, logged and collected and is then sold to advertising companies who use it to tailor ads straight to you.
Scenario, you have searched Google for an item in the morning, you go about your daily business, you return to your computer later that day and when you open your browser you are presented with adverts displaying suggestions of the same item you searched for earlier in the day.
Companies like Google can keep long records of your search history by connecting each of those searches to your IP address, but it's not just Google who do this lots of websites and search engines do this as it’s a simple way to monetise your data, by not doing anything about it, the consumer unknowingly consents to it.
There are many other reasons to hide your true IP address these can include,
- KEEPING HACKERS AND CYBER CRIMINALS AT BAY
Hackers may want to access your computer just to prove they can do so or to cause digital vandalism but many Cyber Criminals want access to computer systems to in order to steal personal and business data to be sold on the criminal underground or held for ransom.
By hiding your true IP address, you prevent it from being used to gain access to your computer or device.
- GAIN ACCESS TO GEO RESTRICTED CONTENT
Example, you want to BBC iPlayer from outside of the UK. By not using a VPN, BBC iPlayer can identify your location from your true IP address once it realises you are not in the UK it will prevent you from using its service. By using the FAST LANE SECURE- VPN and choosing a server in the UK, your true IP address is hidden, and you are provided with an alternative IP address in the UK.
- KEEP YOUR RESEARCH PRIVATE.
You may work in a profession that requires you to conduct private research that you don’t want traced back to your personal IP address, for example, a journalist, legal practitioner or a police officer. By using FAST LANE SECURE-VPN to mask your IP address these searches will be kept anonymous and private.
- HIDE YOUR ACTIVITY FROM YOUR INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER (ISP)
Along with the likes of companies such as Google, your ISP
- PROTECT YOUR DATA FROM GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE
We are all aware that some governments monitor and control their citizen's internet activity, China being a prime example as this is well publicised, but what about those governments who could be monitoring secretly that we don’t know about.
You may be doing nothing wrong, but that doesn’t mean you want a government to be able to freely spy on you.
So, by using a VPN and hiding your true IP address you are regaining your privacy and preventing misuse of your personal or business data and information. Not only does FAST LANE SECURE - VPN hide your true IP it also encrypts your data, preventing tracking.
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