The VPN market is huge. A recent report found that the VPN, or virtual private network, industry is expected to grow nearly 17% through 2026 and new businesses will emerge to take advantage of the demand.
As our waking hours are increasingly being spent online, privacy is paramount. However, before you panic about buying the first VPN you find, it’s important to know what a VPN really is, what it does, and how it works.
We’ll also cover the key features to look for when you’re ready to buy.
What is a VPN?
VPNs are virtual private networks that encrypt your data and protect your online behavior from third-party snooping.
When you visit a website, your computer connects to the server that hosts the website and that website may display a certain amount of data about you and your computer, depending on the website. With a VPN, you first connect to a private server, which encrypts your data and makes it far more difficult for anyone to keep track of what you are doing …