Have you ever wondered what happens to all the information you view and post on the web? Before today, the answer hasn't been anything remarkable. Now however, a change in privacy laws has made that answer somewhat concerning to users who value privacy. Internet Service Providers or ISPs like Verizon and Comcast are now able to sell consumers' browsing data on the public market. Some consumers are taking extra steps to keep their data private.
In the world of online security, few technologies provide the same benefits as a Virtual Private Network or VPN. With a standard internet connection, a consumer's data goes through their ISP. With a VPN connection, that data is encrypted or scrambled in a way that only the end-user and the VPN provider can decode. VPN providers form a secure tunnel with the subscriber which makes all data being sent and received unreadable to the outside world, acting as a middleman of sorts. This sort of security is becoming more and more desired by those with a focus on privacy and security.
VPN service comes in a variety of flavors, each offering a different set of benefits. Some providers offer free service which is usually limited to the very basics. Paid services range in coverage. Encryption strength, connection speed, and deployment type are all factors that are important when selecting a VPN provider. Chances are, if you're concerned enough about privacy to switch to a VPN connection, you want to make sure you get the right stuff.