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5 Reasons Bloggers Need A VPN

2015-07-21 by Cassie Phillips

Bloggers and their content come in many forms, and whether a marketing, promotional, personal or any other blog, all have some of the same needs in common. They all need to attract readers. They all want to produce the best results possible. They all need to be safe and secure.

What bloggers often need is a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a service that allows users who subscribe to connect to an offsite server via an encrypted connection. This encrypted connection and having a server that handles your traffic requests for you has many benefits. It provides security and access to bloggers that they can’t find elsewhere.

Here are five reasons why you, as a blogger, might want to use a Virtual Private Network:

Security

The most common reason that people use a Virtual Private Network is the security that it provides you. You need to be able to know that your blog is completely secure because, in some cases, you have your readership’s information on your computer or blog, and it is your responsibility to protect it. If you don’t, then your reputation will be tarnished to all of your readers, and it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to recover.

A VPN protects you with its encrypted connection, not allowing hackers, spies, and other cybercriminal activity into your computer and connection. In addition, there is a server handling traffic for you that is secure, giving you that one more extra layer between you and whatever might want to harm your computer and your blog.

That being said, there are many different options for a VPN service, so it is important to pick the safest one. You should avoid the “free” VPNs, as they are at best unreliable, but don’t worry about that because VPNs are inexpensive compared to the cost of a security breach.

Privacy

A VPN will hide your IP address so that no one will be able to track you or know what you are doing online. If you are a blogger of high or growing renown, you should know that there are people who are jealous of your success and want to bring you down by whatever means they can think of, including harassing you in real life. You need to have tools to keep yourself private before your information gets out there.

When you use a VPN, it will appear as if you are in a different country to anyone trying to track you. In addition to this, the extra security a VPN provides allows you the privacy of no one being able to look into your data as a blogger, meaning that your research methods and your schedule are kept secret.

Blogging Away from Home

There will often be occasions where you can or should blog away from home. You need an internet connection for this, but the only one available to you most of the time is a risky public network. The problem with this is that, on public networks, there can be hackers lurking to intercept your passwords and usernames, including the ones to your blogs. Once this occurs, the hacker can potentially take over your blog, ruining all of the work you put into it and destroying the trust your readers have placed in you.

The VPNs encryption will allow you to safely navigate public networks; it will act as a “tunnel” for any data sent over it. Your data will no longer be broadcast over the network but securely sent over a single connection. Any public network will be yours for the using.

Travelling

If you are a travel blogger or frequently write from places all around the world, then a VPN is absolutely essential to you. Staying at a lot of hotels and airports will mean that you will have to use a lot of public networks or go without internet access, and you are likely to frequent restaurants as well, adding to the need to have protection. Add this to the fact that you might not know the local internet customs of the area, and you positively need a VPN to stay safe.

In addition to the heightened problem of public networks, you also have to deal with any government regulations that might come your way. Therefore, you need the ability of a VPN to handle those types of problems.

Censorship and Regional Restrictions

The other most common reason that people use a VPN is to overcome government censorship and regional restrictions. These two problems can greatly impede your communication, resource collection, or research if you are in restrictive countries. Since most of these methods stem from local blocking, it means that if you appear to be browsing in another country you’re all set, allowing you to have free access.

It should also be noted that as with other people and organizations as noted above, the government cannot use its surveillance methods on you as easily while you are using a VPN. This way you can research whatever you need to research no matter what country you are in without worrying about what the government thinks about it.

Thank you for reading, and I hope that you are able to determine whether a VPN is the right tool for you to use to help your blog, whatever the topic.

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