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5 Benefits You Will Get While Using a VPN

5 Benefits You Will Get While Using a VPN

You might have heard about a VPN, but you may not be using it. Are you? No! Most of us don’t use VPNs, as many of us have just heard about it, but never researched it! Though you might not be using a VPN, after going through this list, you may want to start using it. But before we move further, it is really important to know what VPN is and what it is made of.

What is a VPN?

Virtual Private Network, more commonly known as VPN, is simply a cluster of computers that are networked together on a public network. Individuals can access the network resources in a network when these resources are not present over the same LAN, while businesses can use the VPNs for connecting to remote data centers.

You need to launch a VPN client on the computer while connecting to a Virtual Private Network. Once you make the login, your computer exchanges a private key with a secure server far away. Once the connection is authenticated from both the ends, all the communication across the internet becomes encrypted and well secured from hackers.

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But, before you choose any VPN services or subscribe, it is better you read up on the terms and conditions of VPN providers. Dig a bit deeper and learn about the benefits associated with using their VPN.

Here are 5 benefits to using VPN.

1. Online Security

Being safe is one of the ultimate benefits of a VPN. While surfing online, you never want your data to be controlled or transferred; the VPN will create a strongly encrypted data tunnel between the server and your system so that no data is leaked to any third party. This encryption is nearly impossible to break.

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2. Online Privacy

VPN keeps your browsing session completely private. You do a number of things on the internet, like buying goods, listening to music, playing games, watching videos, and lot more. Your ISP (Internet Service Provider), or spying eyes can easily track what you are doing on the internet at any point in time. The VPN’s encryption doesn’t allow anyone to spy on what you are doing on the internet.

3. Unblock Geo-Restricted Websites

If you are a traveler and love to travel to different parts of world, you might want access to local websites of your home country that might be blocked in other countries when you travel. A VPN will come handy in this situation as well. You can access all the regionally restricted websites easily. No matter which country you are in, the websites that are blocked in any region of the world are accessible if you are using a VPN.

4. Your ISP Won’t Throttle Your Connection

The ISPs have gone really clever these days. They keep on monitoring every customer and the resources each of them is occupying on their servers. They might throttle the speed of your connection a bit if your usage is at the par. But once you start using a VPN, your online activities wouldn’t be identified by your ISP. You will get the same speed as before.

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5. Hide Your IP Address

One of the best benefits of a VPN is that it changes your IP address, which hides your identity online and protects your personal data from getting leaked or stolen. Your personal data can be stolen when you access your bank accounts, register on few websites, or connect to the public internet. Once your IP is changed, all such risks get eradicated.

Let us say that you love to play online games and are an avid gamer. You love a game, but that game or website is blocked in your country. The IP change will help you in playing that game online. You can browse through the internet anonymously by hiding your IP address.

Last Words

The VPN is an incredible service that every one of us should start using. It is reasonably affordable, and a number of good VPN providers are available across the internet, too. You can even get a country-specific VPN provider online. If you think about your data and computer’s security, a VPN is a must for you. Try it now and be tension free all the time.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2018

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

Overcoming The Pain Of A Breakup: 3 Suggestions Based On Science

We thought that the expression ‘broken heart’ was just a metaphor, but science is telling us that it is not: breakups and rejections do cause physical pain. When a group of psychologists asked research participants to look at images of their ex-partners who broke up with them, researchers found that the same brain areas that are activated by physical pain are also activated by looking at images of ex-partners. Looking at images of our ex is a painful experience, literally.[1].

Given that the effect of rejections and breakups is the same as the effect of physical pain, scientists have speculated on whether the practices that reduce physical pain could be used to reduce the emotional pain that follows from breakups and rejections. In a study on whether painkillers reduce the emotional pain caused by a breakup, researchers found that painkillers did help. Individuals who took painkillers were better able to deal with their breakup. Tamar Cohen wrote that “A simple dose of paracetamol could help ease the pain of a broken heart.”[2]

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Just like painkillers can be used to ease the pain of a broken heart, other practices that ease physical pain can also be used to ease the pain of rejections and breakups. Three of these scientifically validated practices are presented in this article.

Looking at images of loved ones

While images of ex-partners stimulate the pain neuro-circuitry in our brain, images of loved ones activate a different circuitry. Looking at images of people who care about us increases the release of oxytocin in our body. Oxytocin, or the “cuddle hormone,” is the hormone that our body relies on to induce in us a soothing feeling of tranquility, even when we are under high stress and pain.

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In fact, oxytocin was found to have a crucial role as a mother is giving birth to her baby. Despite the extreme pain that a mother has to endure during delivery, the high level of oxytocin secreted by her body transforms pain into pleasure. Mariem Melainine notes that, “Oxytocin levels are usually at their peak during delivery, which promotes a sense of euphoria in the mother and helps her develop a stronger bond with her baby.”[3]

Whenever you feel tempted to look at images of your ex-partner, log into your Facebook page and start browsing images of your loved ones. As Eva Ritvo, M.D. notes, “Facebook fools our brain into believing that loved ones surround us, which historically was essential to our survival. The human brain, because it evolved thousands of years before photography, fails on many levels to recognize the difference between pictures and people”[4]

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Exercise

Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce our perception of pain. When our body is high on endorphins, painful sensations are kept outside of conscious awareness. It was found that exercise causes endorphins to be secreted in the brain and as a result produce a feeling of power, as psychologist Alex Korb noted in his book: “Exercise causes your brain to release endorphins, neurotransmitters that act on your neurons like opiates (such as morphine or Vicodin) by sending a neural signal to reduce pain and provide anxiety relief.”[5] By inhibiting pain from being transmitted to our brain, exercise acts as a powerful antidote to the pain caused by rejections and breakups.

Meditation

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor who pioneered the use of mindfulness meditation therapy for patients with chronic pain, has argued that it is not pain itself that is harmful to our mental health, rather, it is the way we react to pain. When we react to pain with irritation, frustration, and self-pity, more pain is generated, and we enter a never ending spiral of painful thoughts and sensations.

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In order to disrupt the domino effect caused by reacting to pain with pain, Kabat Zinn and other proponents of mindfulness meditation therapy have suggested reacting to pain through nonjudgmental contemplation and acceptance. By practicing meditation on a daily basis and getting used to the habit of paying attention to the sensations generated by our body (including the painful ones and by observing these sensations nonjudgmentally and with compassion) our brain develops the habit of reacting to pain with grace and patience.

When you find yourself thinking about a recent breakup or a recent rejection, close your eyes and pay attention to the sensations produced by your body. Take deep breaths and as you are feeling the sensations produced by your body, distance yourself from them, and observe them without judgment and with compassion. If your brain starts wandering and gets distracted, gently bring back your compassionate nonjudgmental attention to your body. Try to do this exercise for one minute and gradually increase its duration.

With consistent practice, nonjudgmental acceptance will become our default reaction to breakups, rejections, and other disappointments that we experience in life. Every rejection and every breakup teaches us great lessons about relationships and about ourselves.

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