How to guide for getting one of the more popular VPN services up and running so that you can begin protecting your traffic from the prying eyes of hackers.
We can all agree that Internet always has and always will be plagued by challenges to content access and data security, and it’s only the solution that many disagree about. One of the of the easiest solutions that many choose is a VPN connection. A VPN is a virtual private network with “virtual” encrypted connections routed through the Internet to remote servers. The data traveling between you and those servers is encrypted, and the IP address that will appear while surfing or downloading content from the Internet will be that of the server and not your own.
In the past I’ve mentioned free VPNs like “The Top 5 Free VPN Services” and Online Shield 365 along with paid services like VyprVPN, Private Internet Access, and Hotspot Shield (which offers a free ad-supported version as well).
Another subscription VPN service I’d like to mention is Hide My Ass (the same company that offers a free Chrome extension for anonymous web browsing).
The Hide My Ass Pro VPN service is easy-to-configure and user friendly while also offering a slew of features and options that make it worth the investment to protect you online. You can use it to connect to a staggering 407 VPN servers in over 55 countries, allowing you to hide behind more than 48,500 different IP addresses.
The list of available VPN server locations includes: the USA (of course), Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, and Morocco.
And unlike a simple proxy a VPN will automatically work with all applications on your computer, tunneling your entire internet connection so that you can safely download content using applications like BitTorrent or other P2P programs.
So how does it work? Let’s take a look.