Eric BlairApril 16th

Since the lockdown has meant many of us are now having to work from home, you’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about VPNs. 

I for one had very little idea about what a VPN was, what it was used for or how I could get one until very recently.

But it turns out they're actually hugely important for online security regarding data and privacy - especially now more and more people are using their work devices remotely. 

So, first of all…

What is a VPN?

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network.

It’s Virtual as it’s like you have a private connection directly to any website or another computer you connect to.

It’s Private because all your website visits and online activity are strictly  between you and the websites you visit.

And it’s a Network as it uses a special network of VPN servers that covers the entire globe. 

So, why should you get a VPN? Well, here are the main reasons more people are buying VPNs during lockdown.

1. Security

The most important reason for using a VPN is for the safety and security of both you and your work.

A VPN provides an encrypted passageway that allows data to be transferred to and from your device and the host site.

This means no one else can snoop on your data, which is especially important for maintaining the privacy of business sensitive information now that lots of staff are working remotely.

2. TV Shows

Getting through your Netflix ‘to watch’ list at an astonishing rate? Well, with a VPN you can browse from any country and access their Netflix library. So, if there’s something on Netflix US that you’ve been cursing isn’t available in the UK you can check it out using a VPN. 

It’s also worth remembering that TOTUM members get 6-months FREE Amazon Prime membership. There’s loads of great shows and movies to binge on there - here’s a list of our favourites to whet your appetite…

3.Student Discount

TOTUM members can get a One Year Plan with NordVPN for just £46.20 one off payment or £3.85 p/m (regular price £64.58) or 20% discount on Ivacy VPN’s 1 and 5 year plans.

4. Stay Private

Basically, your internet service provider (ISP) can see everything you do online. That means your browsing habits and data can be sold to advertising companies - that’s why you get those eerie targeted ads.

But a VPN will block this from happening - no more taping over your webcam and looking over your shoulder when you get bombarded with pizza ads…

5. Share Files Privately

Finally, using a VPN allows you to send and receive files privately. 

No matter whether it’s a work file containing sensitive information or something containing personal data you’d rather stayed private, no one other than the intended recipient and you will be able to access them if you use a VPN. 

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