There is a common belief that Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are exclusively used for only people obsessed with their privacy, those using it for possibly nefarious purposes, or maybe someone just looking to hide from their bosses monitoring.
There is also a common notion that one does not need the use of a VPN if “I have nothing to hide on the Internet”.
Well, there is a lot more to a VPN than meets the eye. So why would a regular person like you and me use a mobile VPN for? But firstly, what is a VPN?
Briefly, a VPN is used to create a secure online connection. Through encryption wizardry, surfing the web on a VPN makes your browsing more private, secure and anonymous by going through an encrypted tunnel between your device and the VPN’s server.
So what use would a VPN come in handy for on your cell phone? Here BolehVPN will be giving you three reasons why you should use a VPN with your smartphone.
1) YOU FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE WITH YOUR ISP KNOWING WHAT YOU BROWSE
Do you like your Internet Service Provider (ISP) knowing every bit of information you are sending/receiving, or what websites you are trawling through during your midnight shenanigans?
Neither do we. So “privacy” and “anonymity” are the keywords here.
When you connect to the Internet, your ISP can see what you are doing online and what websites you are visiting. While this may not seem to be an issue for you as you think you are probably not doing anything illegal or embarrassing, knowing that someone could be watching you (as though someone was standing over your back!) still feels creepily intrusive even if you were just typing an email or having a conversation.
When you use a VPN, all your data is encrypted. Your ISP will not be able to see what you are doing online. Instead, all they will see is that you are connected to a VPN.
On top of that, the websites you visit online will not be able to see your real IP address which can be tracked to your physical location. In its place, the websites will only see the IP address of your VPN’s as all your data is technically being rerouted through that encrypted connection.
2) YOU LOVE CONNECTING YOUR PHONE TO FREE WIFI
Have you done one of the following?
- Connected your phone to airport Wifi the moment you landed in an airport overseas
- Made use of a café’s Wifi to save your mobile data while drinking overpriced coffee
- Jumped on your hotel’s free Wifi the first thing while travelling overseas to upload your Instagram photos
Public Wifi hotspots often have unsecured connections that can be easily hacked. So if you have found yourself in any of the scenarios listed above, take heed that you probably should have been using a VPN at the time you were connecting to public Wifi on your smartphone.
Since your data is encrypted, anyone snooping your traffic on the Wifi hotspot will only see a bunch of scrambled up encrypted data that does not make any sense to them.
3) YOU WISH YOU COULD ACCESS SITES EXCLUSIVE TO OTHER COUNTRIES
Do you ever feel slightly envious of all the extra content users in other countries are entitled to but we are not? Especially in Malaysia? :(
Yeah, we do too.
If you have a serious case of #FOMO of all the great content that is blocked or unavailable in your country, a VPN comes in handy when you do not own a teleportation device or ran out of Floo Powder for your fireplace.
If you were in Malaysia but wanted to view content on your device that was only available in U.K., a VPN helps you connect to that country’s server of your choice so that your IP address seems like you are actually surfing from the U.K.
So those are our three main reasons why you should be using a mobile VPN with your smartphone. After all, when your smartphone has become like an extended body part since we are constantly scrolling on it, isn't the cost of securing your privacy on it a small price to pay for some peace of mind on security?