VPN Provides Anonymity to Users
The Internet is broader than the world is round. Few inventions have provided the amount of freedom, and delivered so many opportunities to so many who would doubtful have had those opportunities otherwise. Sadly, with most any invention that creates positive opportunities, there are many negative aspects as well. While some of those negative aspects are easily overcome, there are some that require other techniques.
As was previously mentioned, the Internet has provided much freedom. Unfortunately, not everyone shares in that freedom. As of this writing, there are at least 20 countries that exert some form of censorship over the Internet users in their countries. Although the rationale for that censorship is beyond the scope of this article, fortunately, there is at least one way around many of these censorship filters – a VPN.
Since a VPN is essentially a small tunnel within a bigger tunnel, when it is used to circumvent censorship filters, it essentially becomes an underground railroad. This allows those Internet users who are located within those countries that control certain freedoms, easy access to the uncensored world while maintaining their anonymity. But how does VPN allow anonymous web surfing?
When you log on to a VPN, you essentially log onto a separate computer network. Therefore, the VPN lists the internet protocol (IP) address that is assigned to it. There is no record of the users originating IP. Wherever the computer use chooses to browse, only the VPN’s IP and country will be presented. This greatly assists in protecting their identity.
Although there are other legitimate reasons for a computer user to seek to remain anonymous while surfing the Internet, the ability to circumvent censorship is one of the most important reasons for using a VPN. The old Underground Railroad continues to operate and take people to freedom – only in new ways.