How’s it going guys, today’s video has to
do with one of my favorite topics when it
comes to computers, security.
And in the past I’ve mentioned an important
tool you can use called a VPN or Virtual Private
Network, to encrypt your internet connection
and secure it from prying eyes.
So today I’m going to go over a bunch of specific
situations for when you could use a VPN that
I didn’t talk about before, and look at some
examples in action.
For this video I’ll be using a great VPN service
called NordVPN, who is also the sponsor of
this video, so big thanks to NordVPN for that.
And I do really like the service because I’ve
found it to be more user-friendly than others,
and has some pretty unique features I’ve never
seen in other VPNs, such as special Anti-DDOS
servers, Double-VPN servers, and Peer-to-Peer
servers for things like torrenting.
So I’ll put a link in the description where
you can check that out, and just for you guys
there will be a coupon code you can use as
To start off, the first major benefit to a
VPN is the privacy you have when using one.
When you are connected through the VPN, websites
cannot see your real IP address, only the
IP of the VPN server.
And because there are many people using the
same server, you are effectively anonymous.
Let me show you what this looks like.
In this example we can pick any of the server
locations from NordVPN, and whatever one we
choose is the IP every website will see us
And if you want to switch IPs, you can just
pick a new servers, and you can instantly
have a new IP address, even from another country,
it doesn’t matter, and you can see this page
keeps showing the different IP addresses every
The way it works, is any connections you want
to make are first encrypted, and sent to NordVPN’s
servers, then your connection is made at the
other end of this “tunnel” you can think of
Going back to the privacy aspect, this will
also mean search engines and other websites
won’t be able to track your behavior, and
if you’re on a school or work network, they
can’t spy on you and see what you’re doing.
And another important think I should mention
is you definitely want to make sure the VPN
service you use does not keep logs, or else
who knows, the government should show up and
get your data that way, and NordVPN does not
keep logs, so that is great.
So onto number two, this is a very common
situation where you should DEFINITELY use
a VPN, which is when connecting to an open
If you weren’t aware, open Wi-Fi hotspots,
meaning ones that don’t have a password to
connect, do not encrypt the data being sent
between your device and that hotspot.
So unless the websites you’re visiting are
using HTTPS, you are literally broadcasting
everything you’re doing for anyone to listen
Like I said before, when you connect through
a VPN, everything is encrypted before it even
leaves your computer, so it doesn’t matter
if you’re on an open Wi-Fi hotspot, because
your connction is made secure.
Now I’m not even just talking about your computer
here though, because you might use public
WiFi on your phone as well, and yes, it is
possible to use a VPN on your phone.
So NordVPN does indeed have an app you can
use on your iOS or Android phone, along with
the Windows and MacOS program.
And you’ll see it’s a pretty similar process,
you pick a server, connect to it, and you’re
data is secure whether you’re on Wi-Fi or
You’ll know it’s working because on iOS it
will show a VPN icon at the top, and on Android
you’ll see a small key icon.
So I’m sure there are some of you out there
for whom it’s worth it just to use on your
phone, even if you don’t carry around a laptop
Alright, the third reason is something I’m
sure many of us can relate to, which is a
VPN will allow you to bypass web filters that
may be in place at your work, school, or university.
Now I’m NOT encouraging you to use this to
waste time when you should be doing work,
but there are definitely times when you have
a legitimate reason to look something up on
the internet, and the website is blocked for
I’ll show you a real life example right now,
where I just went into my router settings
and put a block on YouTube.com.
So if I try to go to it, no connection, as
you’d expect, and you’ve probably seen places
that will show you a screen letting you know
it was blocked.
Now if we just connect to another NordVPN
server, doesn’t take long, instantly have
access to YouTube again, the block is gone.
And this doesn’t have to be just for a school
or work filter, a VPN can also help you bypass
things like country-wide internet censorship,
such as the infamous “Great Firewall of China”.
In that case, you might need a VPN to acccess
certain websites AT ALL no matter where you
are, so this can come in real handy.
Speaking of filters though, a neat thing about
NordVPN is a feature called “CyberSec”, which
will help filter out malicious sites you might
accidentally come across.
It’s optional of course, but I think is worth
keeping on to play it safe.
Ok so now we have a fourth reason you should
get a VPN, which is it can allow you to bypass
location-based media restrictions in most
So for example, how many times have you gone
to watch a YouTube video and it says it’s
not available in your country?
And the same goes for Netflix which only has
certain movies and shows available in certain
Now I don’t think Netflix and YouTube would
be very happy if I were to show me actually
bypassing their restrictions in this video,
but it’s pretty easy.
As you can imagine, you just need to choose
a VPN server in a country where the website
will allow that content.
You can see here in the NordVPN program you
can either click on a country and it will
automatically select a server for you, or
you can go to the list of countries and pick
an individual server.
And as you can see there are a ton of these,
theres literally over a thousand.
When you’re connected to that country’s server,
you’ll have an IP address from that country,
and it will look like that’s where you are.
Ok now a fifth reason you’d want to get a
VPN is because of throttling from your internet
Not all of them do this, but there are plenty
of ISPs that will limit your connection based
on what program or service you’re using at
A very common example is peer to peer downloading,
such as with torrenting.
I’d be willing to bet if you did a search
for “Your ISP Name” and “Throttling”, there’s
a good chance a lot will come up.
With a VPN, all your data is put through the
same encrypted tunnel, so your ISP will never
know for sure what you’re doing at any time,
so they can’t throttle anything.
Keep in mind though, not all VPN services
will allow peer to peer services like torrent,
but as you guessed it, NordVPN is one of those
that do, which is another reason I was happy
with them sponsoring this video.
They actually have specialty servers you can
connect to for Peer to peer, so I’m assuming
they have some optimizations with those for
While we’re in this tab I can show you some
of the other cool specialty servers too.
For example there are Anti-DDOS servers, which
are resistant to denial of service attacks,
and good if you really want an uninterupted
Then there’s the Double VPN servers which
I find pretty interesting, it actually encrypts
your connection twice through multiple server
nodes, so I don’t think you can get much more
secure than that.
But there is another pretty unique server
called “Onion over VPN”, where you can access
the so-called “Onion Router” network or Tor,
without having to even download the tor browser.
If you’re not familiar with Tor that’s a bit
beyond the scope of this video, but it is
a very secure way of connecting to the internet,
but usually requires a good amount of time
to set up correctly, and this makes it really
So obviously there are a ton of uses for a
VPN that you might not have thought of before,
and these were just 5 big ones I came up with.
And I again want to thank NordVPN for sponsoring
this video, I definitely recommend you check
it out in the description below.
Like you saw it’s easy to use even if you’ve
never used a VPN before, but there are features
for advanced users as well.
For example if you want to connect using the
OpenVPN protocol or others you can do that,
you can pay with bitcoin, and there’s an automatic
kill switch option, which will kill the connection
if the VPN connection drops, so you won’t
accidentally expose your real IP.
So, I hope you guys found this video helpful,
be sure to let me know what you think down
in the comments.
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I’m looking forward to hearing from you, so
thanks so much for watching I’ll see you next
time, have a good one.