2020 has changed the rules in many ways. With restrictions on going out, traveling, having a drink, going to the movies, and even having family reunions, anyone that can do it is turning to the internet to get some kind of normality, whether by Zoom, Hangouts, game apps, Netflix, Hulu and more. This means more time using devices, accessing different websites, and leaving their information unprotected. 

VPN market overview

We are in a new world where facial recognition systems are being used to unlock phones, track people, and identify suspects. With facial recognition, the government, corporations, and hackers can identify you on the streets and get all the information they need about you, the same that you have been providing willingly to websites through the years. Combine both things and you are more vulnerable than ever. 

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the key for privacy, security, access, and peace of mind. The VPN functions as a tunnel between you and the internet,  letting you get in there safely because it reroutes all your internet traffic through its own server before the website you are accessing. By using a VPN, once you are using the internet, all your information is encrypted. The internet was built under three principles: it must be free, open, and private. A VPN keeps that spirit alive. 

This is the most secure way to browse the web. With it, you can watch movies, TV shows, special sports events and a lot more entertainment that is exclusive of certain regions of the world. You can also use parts of the internet that are blocked in some countries (like Facebook and Google in China) and connect with people that live under totalitarian states and have no easy ways to communicate online. You can keep all your information private, even when you’re using a public WiFi connection.

By being private and keeping your information secure, you can download unlimited material from different torrent websites in a secure way, preventing your information from being leaked. With it, you will also find the best deals, offers, and promotions from travel agencies, airlines, and more (they use cookies to track your information and determine which rates they will show you. A VPN will help you receive the best deals). 

It all seems attractive, but the most important thing a VPN can do for you, the reason it exists, is to keep your information secure. Nowadays everyone has all their financial information online, but even when using the official bank apps you are risking too much without a VPN to encrypts your information. 

The VPN market gained 25 billion dollars on 2019 and it’s expected to make as much as 70 billion by 2026. Every day more people are opting to make their trace on the internet as private as possible, and they have a point. It is becoming the place where we live our lives, make business, pay our bills, talk with our closest relatives and so on. 

But with the new crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, the use of VPNs can grow even more. Most countries are experimenting with home office on a large scale for the first time and that means companies will provide secure and remote ways their personal information won’t be leaked or stolen. According to TechCrunch cyberattacks have increased since the lockdown began in Italy on January and have since expanded worldwide.

Fortunately, there are a lot of reliable VPN services, but finding which is the best for you can be a little tricky. There are some things you must look on a VPN to know it is secure. If you want your information to be secure, you must use a reliable VPN that won’t submit their information under court orders or sell your data to third parties, that’s why you should never trust a free VPN service, they get their money somehow. 

It’s also important to use VPN’s that won’t ask you for personal information to log in, the best way to register for a VPN is through an email used solely for this purpose and to pay with cryptocurrency. You also want a VPN with split tunneling, because it lets your use some of your information through your normal IP and just encrypt the information you want. 

This may shorten the list, but it still means looking through tons of providers. That’s why vpnpros.com is a great way to determine which is the VPN that most suits you. They have tested almost 300 VPNs and can tell you the one you need. Be it to work, download files, stream content from other countries, and more. ExpressVPN, NordVPN, SaferVPN, CyberGhost, and Surfshark are some of the most reliable services, but the choice is up to you.

VPNs will become more and more popular and right now is the best moment to invest in your online security and keep all your devices secure from other people. 

iLounge author Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett is a Contributing Editor at iLounge. She has been writing about Apple and technology for over six years. Prior to joining iLounge, Lucy worked as a writer for several online publications.