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Even if you’ve never used a VPN yourself, it’s likely that you’ve heard of others who do use them. It’s common that top VPNs on the market sponsor online content creators, and these advertisements have exposed millions of people to the idea of the virtual private network. However, it’s not always clear exactly why using a VPN is so worthwhile. If you’ve ever wondered, “why use a VPN?” here are the answers.

Why Use a VPN: The Basics

A basic explanation of what a VPN is; it’s a program that allows you to alter the data you send and receive when using the internet. There are…

Domain names are growing more present in the public consciousness, as more people start websites and as investing in them becomes more popular. However, it may not be immediately clear just what these important digital addresses do, what they are, and why some are so valuable. If you’re wondering, “What is a domain name?” and how they work, you’re in the right place.

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is fundamentally something akin to a digital address. All websites exist on some sort of physical storage location, and their server addresses are extremely long, complex, and technical. When you connect a website with…

Atlanta, Georgia — Cyber attacks are nothing new, but they have become more daring, wider spread and devastating in recent years as hackers up the ante to gain access to protected systems and data networks. It has been predicted for a while that the years of 2020 and 2021 would increase the value of a VPN. But few could have predicted that foreign actors would become emboldened with new waves of cyberattacks that target critical elections in key states by using exploits that can sidestep government network security, including some VPNs.

According to VPN.com’s CEO, Michael Gargiulo, cyberattacks are on…

Virtual Private Networks — VPNs — are known for their ability to protect your Internet activity from prying eyes, identity theft hackers, and companies engaging in data mining. VPNs are used in almost every country, becoming a staple cybersecurity measure for modern businesses and privacy enthusiasts.

As a celebrity with a huge net worth and desire for personal privacy, it’s little surprise that Justin Bieber would be a huge fan, right? Well, that’s not exactly why he fell in love with VPNs, at least as far as recent social media posts would suggest.

Why did Justin Bieber fall in love…

A search browser with “www.domainname.com” typed in.

With approximately 1.7 billion websites out there, it’s important to stand out, and for many businesses, that means finding the perfect website name. When you choose a domain name in 2020, you need to take into account a huge range of factors, including competition and availability. As a result, a great domain name needs careful consideration.

What’s in a Name?

A rose by any other name, Romeo stated in Romeo and Juliet, would smell as sweet, but this has been lampooned numerous times. Call a rose a stenchworth sneezebug, and it probably wouldn’t have as much appeal. Unsurprisingly, stenchworthsneezebug.com is not a registered domain.

3D illustration of a data stream of movies and TV shows being watched with a VPN.

Due to the fact that VPNs are an effective way to hide your online activity from certain prying eyes, a common assumption is that their use might not be legal.

There’s a good chance that if you’re reading this, VPNs are legal in your country of residence, but that doesn’t mean there are no restrictions on what you can and cannot use them for.

In this piece, we’ll talk about some common questions surrounding VPNs and streaming video using a VPN — mainly, is it legal?

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, allows you to privately access an online server

Free WiFi is everywhere, from coffeehouses to your local library, providing instant connectivity at the push of a button. However, despite the convenience of widely available web access, safety risks make logging on in a public space highly dangerous. Without security protocols in place, it only takes a matter of seconds for hackers to break into a device. Once inside, they can procure bank account information, credit card numbers, and logins to popular websites.

Utilizing a VPN to protect against identity theft can be the best way to stand strong against the likelihood of attacks. …

Hand pressing a virtual download button to initiate a torrent protected by a VPN.

Torrenting has its fair share of critics who claim that it encourages illegal file sharing and intellectual property infringement. Proponents point to its use in distributing large numbers of files effectively, regardless of what they contain. Nevertheless, torrenting is not illegal in and of itself, but for those who want to torrent safely, using a VPN is a wise choice.

How Common are Torrents?

First, a little context. According to Sandvine’s 2018 Global Internet Phenomena Report, torrents are the most common cause of upstream traffic in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Torrents are the second-most common cause of upstream traffic in the Americas…

Amazon Fire TV logo on a mobile device.

The Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV offer their 34 million users an easy and portable way to view personalized streaming content. The stick connects through the HDMI port of your TV and can stream movies, shows, games, and other content from a wide range of applications.

While there is the potential to view thousands of hours of programming via the Fire Stick or the Fire TV, much of this material is blocked due to geo-restrictions. All streaming services have licensing deals in place that determine what content is available in your location. …

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By Black Salmon

Modern businesses rely on the Internet for communications, for sales, and for data transmission of all types. But how safe is your proprietary data when it’s traveling across the Web? What happens when your company’s reps are on the road and communicating across public, unsecured networks? Strong passwords are a good idea, as is anti-malware protection, but these cybersecurity precautions on their own are not enough.

The answer to these very real problems may be a virtual private network, or VPN. When you establish a VPN for your business, you’re still using the public networks that make up the bulk…

Michael Gargiulo

CEO at VPN.com — The worldwide leader in VPN research

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