Have you ever encountered a situation in which you have been desperately trying to access a website to kill your boredom or due to any other reason and then saw an access denied message? Most probably yes, many of us have faced these kinds of vexatious situations in schools, offices and many countries even have laws to block many websites throughout the entire country in the name of censorship and copyrights violation, but we thought internet was free of restrictions for everyone to access but authorities limit it as per their rules and regulation and after the implementation of obnoxious Mass Data Retention and Surveillance laws the situation has become even more unfavorable for all the web-junkies worldwide.
What is VPN and How We can Use it to Watch Blocked Websites?
Why Websites are blocked?
There are numerous reasons you can’t access many websites from different region of the world let’s learn some of the reason briefly;
Many countries block content and as long as you live in that country you can’t access that particular website, such restriction on the basis or your geographical location is called ‘Geo-restriction’ for example many top ranked streaming websites like Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer, Amazon etc. are available for certain regions only and are blocked in other countries. This is due to variant political, cultural and social norms prevailing in various regions of the world.
Censorship & Copyright Laws
Media controlling bodies all over the globe are pushed and funded by media production giants to restrict internet users the easy access to the valuable content which disturbs their profitability and hence internet controlling authorities block many Torrenting and P2P files sharing websites which are the ultimate sources to get the exclusive and valuable content from all around the world, in the name of piracy control and copyright laws protection such censorships are never appreciated by internet users anywhere in the world. Internet users globally know the hassle free and a simple non-technical way to dodge these geo-restrictions and censorships is to use a VPN service, running proxy has become orthodox now as it involves technical know-how and 100% results are not assured.
What is a VPN?
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a safe and secure method which creates a private network connection over a public network like the internet to provide you ultimate security and protection from all kinds of cyber-threats and piracy intruders.
How it Unblocks the Blocked Content?
A VPN creates a secure and encrypted tunnel and transfers your data that you send or receive over internet through this tunnel which provides a protective shield and makes you untraceable, for further understanding we can say that it is like bypassing your actual data channel and routing your data through a separate, secure and encrypted channel which connects you to the server you trying to access directly and privately without being monitored by your ISP and any other spying eye which ensures your privacy. A VPN also enables you to change your IP address that is your unique internet identity which carries your online information like your geographical location and other such details, and provides you an IP address of any country you desire with its hundreds of VPN connection servers expanded worldwide, this helps you access all blocked content from anywhere in the world because to access any geo-blocked website you need an IP address of the country where you know it is not blocked, only the best VPN can provide you the desired IP address by choosing from a large number of VPN servers in many countries around the globe as per your requirement.
How Should You Select a VPN service?
Whenever you google VPN services you many find hundreds and options and to cull one VPN service that is not futile but will actually aid your purpose is a hard nut to crack for a non-technical internet user, well you can still narrow your search by looking for some core features listed below, while opting for a VPN service to enhance you security, privacy and access to blocked content.
- Connection Speed
If you face a turtle-speed internet connection speed after installing a VPN to your system, then it is nothing but a futile object that is of no use, security with a huge compromise in your speed, not accepted, it is not untrue that a VPN slowdowns your internet connection but a good and reliable VPN service will have negligible effect on your connection speed and you are able to continue browsing and all other internet activities with very little reduction in speed, so choosing a reliable and quality VPN service it the key, for that you might have to shed some extra dollars from your pocket, but remember quality comes with a price.
- Numbers of Strong Servers
A VPN service must provide a large number of servers for a strong connection option for the users, the higher the number of active servers more sustainable a VPN is.
- Level of Encryption
It is the level of security a VPN service provides for securing your data, there are two encryption levels available in the best VPN services, 128- and 256-bit, both are strong encryptions, but 256-bit is a choice of you prefer high-end security.
- Device Compatibility
A VPN service must be compatible with all major devices and Operating System like smartphones, laptops, PCs, tablets, iPhone, iPad, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Linux etc. they must provide specialized apps for various major devices.
- Number of Simultaneous Connection
Simultaneous connection option allows you to use the VPN service on different devices with one VPN account, a good VPN at least provide 3 simultaneous-login options.
Added benefit of a VPN service that could be bonus features in a VPN;
- 24/7 Customer Support via Live Chat or Email Support Option.
- Free-trial Offer.
- Money back Guarantee.
- User-friendly installation and usage option.
I hope we have successfully cleared all the ambiguities in your mind related to VPN and some of its core features and benefits.
This article was shared by Sandy Roberts who is a technology admirer and a computer specialist who is always curious for new technological advancements in the IT industry. With her extensive experience and apprehension of IT industry and technology, she writes after concrete research and analysis with the intention to aid the reader the content full of factual information. Being so ambitious to facilitate the readers, she intermittently tries her hand on the tech-gadgets and services popping frequently in the industry to reduce any ambiguity in her mind related to the project on she works, that a huge sign of dedication to her work.