I’m in Italy at the moment and will be here for the next week. As you can imagine, life just doesn’t stop when you’re away from home. Bills need to be paid, appointments need to be set up, etc. Before departing on this trip, I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a VPN service, specifically NordVPN.
What do VPNs do?
I quite simply think of VPNs as teleporters on the internet that make you appear to be in a location you aren’t currently in. For example, I’m in Italy, but I can connect to a VPN server in the United States so any website I visit thinks I’m located in the States.
Why are VPNs useful?
My bank thinks I’m out of the United States (which I am) so they blocked access for security reasons. Would that stop me? No. All I did was turn on my VPN and set it to a United States server…
and voila! Good to go
What else are VPNs good for?
Hotel and Airline Deals
Many hotels and airlines offer discounts to locals. Being able to connect to a local server VPN could very well save you a bunch of money.
One of my favorite shows is Gomorrah. Three seasons are out currently, but only two are on Netflix. The third season is on SKY, which can’t be accessed from the US. Not to worry though, connecting my VPN to an EU server allows me to watch the shows and movies I want with no hassle.
Countries like China censor some western sites (especially social media) so a VPN is always a good idea for cases like this.
Which VPN services are good?
Personally, I use NordVPN but have only been using it for a couple of weeks so I can’t confidently recommend it, though I’ve had no issues so far. Other options include Express VPN and Tunnel Bear.
Do you use a VPN? If so, what do you use it for and which do you use?