The average internet user doesn’t really realise this but they don’t have as much access to the vast cyberspace of the internet as they think. We’re told that we can find anything on the internet just by running a search for it and while it’s true that we do get what we need at the end of a search, there are certain sources that we’re restricted from tapping into because they aren’t part of the same physical network that we’re connected to.
The internet might be a cyberspace but every bit of what’s online does have a physical form somewhere and that’s where the limits start. When you go online, you’re connected to a certain physical network, within which you can surf, browse and stream all that you like but there are some resources that are stored in physical networks elsewhere.
Be that as it may, there are still ways to access sources on far away networks – through setting up a Virtual Private Network or VPN for short. What a VPN does is that it enables you to connect to networks in other regions, granting you access to the resources present there. Let’s say you want to watch sky go abroad but where ever you are in the world, you aren’t granted access to sky go; in this case, once you run your VPN client, you’ll be able to connect to the network that you use back at home and are thus able to watch Sky go once again like you never left. VPNs can really help you break the limits when it comes to browsing the internet but that’s not all they’re good for; they also make you much safer from hackers and malware that might creep its way into your computer or mobile device and steal your data.