The use of VPN to access information across the World Wide Web is not a new discovery. It only gains more recognition because of its emerging and increasing uses and advantages. A standard Virtual Private Network (VPN) is technically a local network which members need not be physically connected or attached to the network but through the internet. VPNs give you the benefits of a typical local network which has even greater flexibility than any physical network. Though it was initially designed traditionally for the business environment, the great adaptability of VPN connections and their various benefits make them to gain rapid global recognition. Today, SchoolUpdate wants to empower the student segment of her readers with a powerful piece of information that would boost and facilitate their access to global academic materials. Discussed below are four reasons students should incorporate VPNs in their quest for knowledge.
- Access to Global Contents
It is often so annoying and frustrating when you see the internet resource you need but you are denied access to it because it is not accessible to people in your region. I have often been a victim of this. You will always get errors like, “sorry, this resource may not be accessed outside the UK” or something similar to that. Some websites are outrightly inaccessible to people from certain geographic regions. The feeling of online deprivation and segregation that follows this is very heavy and intense. But there is a way to get around such online region blockages.
To overcome such limitations, get a VPN that has a server in the country for which the material of interest is accessible and connect to that server. This will make the affected website to see your request as originating from the country in which the server is located. It will therefore grant you unhindered access to the site or online content of interest. This can prove very beneficial both in your academic work and in deriving personal entertainment from online sources.
- Overcoming Internet Restrictions
Majority of the universities, colleges and institutions of learning do offer fee internet services to their students. You find this in students’ areas of residence and the study/reading area. This is a good development but there are various limitations and restrictions. These institutions may have genuine and explicable reasons for such restrictions. For instance, certain resources are illegal in the institution’s community and will be illegal for the students to access such. In another instance, certain types of files (like torrents and pirated software) may be prohibited from being downloaded through the institutions’ networks. Over the time, such restrictions have proven very frustrating causing unnecessary deprivation. If you happen to see yourself behind such restrictions, a good VPN can be the door the needed freedom. How?
If and when you use a VPN, you get connected to a server beyond your institution’s network and relays all of your Internet traffic through this server. This makes it able for you to access restricted materials and resources, sometimes without the knowledge of your institution’s network administrator.
- Improved Online Security
Most internet service providers do offer some level of security measure to protect the users and subscribers. Often times, such security measures are not always secure enough creating the need for individual users to find some additional protection. Every conventional connection to a public network exposes one to the possibility of having one’s sensitive personal information pirated or stolen by others who are also connected to the network. In this way, many have lost such personal data including emails, passwords, credit card details and others to such fraudulent users. So, one needs to be extra careful when connected to public networks. But with a good VPN, the threat is significantly reduced.
Remember, a good VPN encrypts your data and files before forwarding same it over the network. Even when someone steals such information, he or she will find it very difficult to use it against you as he/she would not be able to decrypt it. This offers some higher level of online security.
- Privacy Protection
Internet service providers (ISPs) including educational institutions can track and monitor your online activities including the sites you visit. Sometimes, such information could be stolen and used against you if it gets into the wrong hands. This can be very costly in terms of the losses that may follow. Additionally, your access can easily be discontinued or you get handed over to the appropriate authorities if you are accessing “prohibited contents.” With VPN, you can surf and browse without fear of being tracked or monitored. How?
A good VPN encrypts all your requests (for files and web pages) and routes same through many servers before the request resource gets back to you. The decrypted files/web pages then get decrypted upon getting to your system. This happens in such a way and manner that you have the same experience as without a VPN but your network service providers would not be able to track you Internet activities. VPNs therefore add a layer of security between you and your internet service providers. However, SchoolUpdate does not support the use of VPNs for illegal activities.
These are a few of the many reasons why you need a VPN as a student. However, not all VPNs are to be relied upon. Check here for the factors to consider while choosing a VPN.