Choosing a Server
With a VPN, you have the unique ability to pick which server you connect to. Using PrivadoVPN as an example, we have a server network of more than 200 servers in 47 Countries around the world. You can connect to a server in any city where we have one located, and your IP address will make it seem as if you are physically there.
Of course, a VPN server also has an IP address. Taking the time to connect to a VPN server increases your privacy by masking that information so nobody else can easily identify you on the Internet.
Beyond hiding your IP address, a VPN also uses encryption to keep your connection secure. VPN encryption uses computer algorithms to scramble your data before it leaves your computer. It can then be unscrambled when it reaches the destination so that anybody who is snooping on your Internet connection won't be able to use any data they collect.
In fact, a VPN can even prevent them from getting to your data at all with encryption tunnels. VPN protocols usually have rules that help to establish secure tunnels between computers, which will encrypt the transfer itself, making it nearly impossible to anybody to watch what you're doing online.
Cyber Attack Protection
The Internet has become a more dangerous place lately, and your privacy isn't the only thing at risk. Your VPN provider can actually be an important bulwark against many of the most common cyber attacks.
For example, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack aims to shut down your server by making countless little requests. They are small, but if too many come in at once, it can force a computer to freeze or a server to crash. This can be done to your video game console as easily as a website if you're not using a VPN.
By connecting to your VPN, you have the security of knowing that their equipment will take the brunt of the attack. VPN servers are some of the most robust computers on the Internet, and frequently they have the power to withstand these kinds of threats.