There are various reasons for wanting to use free VPN (virtual private network) software, but the two main ones are to hide who you are, or to hide where you are. Why might you want to do either of these things?
Depending on what you’re up to online, it is entirely possible that you do not want your online activities to be traceable – particularly in parts of the world where internet surveillance is a serious issue.
According to a recently released report, almost one in six people in the UK are now using a VPN (or proxy server) with their internet connection – and half of them have turned to a VPN in order to get access to region-locked sites or services, according to new research.
In the US, 65% of respondents to another survey said that they used a VPN on a corporate and/or personal device to browse the web and access services.
As for wanting to disguise where you are, this has the advantage of opening up websites that might otherwise be inaccessible.
There are a large number of websites – often video or television sites – that use geo-locking to try to block visitors from certain countries, and free VPN software can be used to get around these restrictions.