For many people today it’s hard to imagine life without a smartphone. Far more than just a device for making calls and texts, smartphones are relied upon to do everything from directing their owners from A to B, taking photos and, above all else, giving access anywhere and at any time to the internet.
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As the devices have gradually become more sophisticated, so have the measures that are available to make them secure if they’re ever lost or stolen. Where there was once a four digit code to lock the screen, now fingerprint and even iris recognition are starting to feature on more devices. While this may prevent other people from using the phone and getting access to the information it contains, including personal contacts and apps that are installed, it doesn’t protect against hackers or others monitoring the websites you may be visiting.
When in the home or the office, this is less of an issue as most Wi-Fi networks are security protected and have password keys to prevent unauthorized access for outsiders. Where it is potentially an issue is when using public networks - including bars, hotels, Wi-Fi hotspots and even on trains. Anyone can easily join you in using these networks and potentially see your information, communication and data. That’s why many people choose to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, instead.
For just a small monthly charge you can use a network that is effectively private over any open network and which includes special encryption technology that prevents anyone else from having access to your data - keeping you, and all your online activity, safe, secure and private.
Phone VPNs can generally be downloaded as apps which can run in the background or only when needed and, as well as the security measures they provide. Mobile phone VPNs vary depending on the type of phone you have. If you’re on an Android phone, BestVPN.com have an available list of options available.
They also have a number of other advantages. For example, as they disguise to location of your IP address, VPNs can allow you to access websites that are blocked for use in your own country. So theoretically, if you want to watch US Netflix on your phone , it would be blocked if a UK address was identified but by using a VPN with a server in the States it should work perfectly, though this may be breaking the terms and conditions with Netflix.
As to choosing the right VPN, there are many review sites online to help you the best one for your needs at the level of monthly cost you want to pay. But, whichever one you choose it is sure to be a safe, and very wise, investment.