A VPN client allows you to connect your computer, mobile device or tablet to the internet by masking your gadget’s unique identification from the world. This identification contains a series of numbers, known as an Internet Protocol, or IP, address. VPN service sets up a secure connection with your device to hide this IP address, and ultimately, hide your location and connection details.
The point is that unencrypted data transmission are human readable. That means, whatever text you type, whatever image you send, the Internet Service Provider (ISP), hackers, or snoopers can see it and read it. And because your IP address is not hidden, it easily links back to your identity.
When using a VPN, your data (text, image, etc) is getting encrypted, IP address and location are changed. Your identity is protected.
Example of Private Internet Access VPN connection:
To be more specific about how it works, let’s get into details:
- First, download a VPN application to your device and activate it.
- When you go online, the VPN software encrypts your data traffic and sends it to the VPN server.
- The VPN server decrypts this data and releases to the Internet (to any online destination such as social media, bank account website, and so on).
- The online destination sees your data coming from the VPN server and its location (not yours!!)
Basically, the VPN server is the third party that connects to the web on your behalf.
The “virtual” in VPN means that you are essentially creating a virtual connection, as opposed to a physical connection, to securely access data online. Your privacy is maintained through encryption of information so that your internet service provider (Spectrum, AT&T, Frontier, etc.) will only see decrypted debris instead of you text, images, online searches, etc.