While the use of VPNs has increased in the last few years, there are still many people who don’t use it. The awareness for VPNs has certainly risen but there are still many people who don’t use them because they might “complicate the process.”
If you think VPNs are used only by advanced users because of the “difficulties” involved, I’d like to bust some myths. Let’s start with the basics.
Do You Avoid Using a VPN Because It’s Complicated?
What is a VPN?
The functioning of a VPN has been discussed on this blog several times. In the very basic sense, it is a tool that redirects your traffic through another server. Most VPN providers have large networks of servers and you can choose the server you want to connect to.
When you connect to a server, the website that you access sees the IP of the VPN server you’re connected to instead of your own IP. It also encrypts your data so if anyone intercepts it in between, they won’t be able to read the contents.
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A VPN helps you hide your real identity, stay safe from snoopers and hackers, and protect you when you connect to public Wi-Fi’s. There are several other applications of VPNs as well. You can save money on airline tickets with a VPN. And you can access a larger Netflix library, thanks to a VPN.
With so many benefits, if you’re not using a VPN because you’re afraid it might be complicated, you’re losing out on a lot. I’d suggest using a VPN once and then see for yourself if it’s complicated or not.
Why Do People Think VPNs Are complicated?
VPNs were initially used by large corporations in the IT sector. VPNs allowed the companies to connect safely to servers while keeping their data protected. At that time, it wasn’t designed for individuals. However, as technology progressed, more and more people realized the importance of their safety.
And VPN companies evolved with them. From providing for large corporations, VPN companies started offering services in smaller packages to cater to single users. These VPNs come in the form of apps are really simple to use. Whether you run a VPN on Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android, you’ll get apps for most VPN services.
Downloading and running a VPN app is just like installing any other app. If you can run Candy Crush, you can run the VPN app too – it’s that simple!
And while VPNs are being used widely, many people still believe that it’s a highly technical thing!
Another reason people don’t use a VPN is that their first experience has been bad. If you use an unreliable VPN for the first time, you’ll always remember it and consider all VPNs to be bad. That one experience is often taken as the baseline and all other experiences are judged from that standpoint.
The reality, however, is very different than what’s perceived by most people. Commercial VPN services are different than individual VPN services. As discussed earlier, individual VPNs are available as apps and can be downloaded and run directly on your laptop or smartphone.
Yes, there are some VPNs that require manual configuration. But most VPNs have their own apps. And even the ones that need manual configuration aren’t really that complicated. Configuration is a one-time process and takes about 10 minutes or less.
Are you worried that a VPN will make things complicated for you? Try some of the VPN apps available in the app store of your phone. Simply open their app page and click on install. Once the app will be installed, all you need to do is open it and connect to it.
And that’s it! Once the VPN is connected, you can hide it in the background and continue working on your device as usual. It’s the same with your laptop as well. Just install the VPN and then continue browsing the internet as usual. It takes no extra steps at all.
If you hate opening and connecting to the app each time, you can get a VPN that offers “connect when the system starts up” option. With this option, you don’t even need to start the VPN each time. Just open your device and start working. The VPN will always run in the background.
Some users are afraid that a VPN might slow their connection down. While this is true to some extent, it’s not really a problem if you choose the right provider. If you go with a free VPN, you can get speed issues. Since free VPNs have limited servers and all free users try to connect to them, the speeds drop a lot.
This is why experts recommend using a paid VPN that has a large number of servers. This way, you can always find a server that’s not traffic-clogged at the moment.
While many people have still not adopted the use of VPNs, the fact remains that using a VPN doesn’t affect your user experience at all. Your internet experience remains the same even after you connect to a VPN. Just make sure you get a good and reliable VPN and you’ll be able to connect without any issues and get the best connection speeds.