VPNs have become an almost ubiquitous part of online security, especially for tech-savvy users who download plenty of files. However, until the time comes when everyone is using one, there’s still room for improvement.
There are dozens of reasons to use a VPN on Windows and mobile devices, many of which involve privacy and security. However, we’re all about file downloads here at TechiesPad. So we’ve decided to put together some out-of-the-ordinary reasons to use a VPN, specifically for downloading the latest and most excellent apps, tools, and games.
1. No Geographic Restrictions on Downloads
Most people understand the concept of using a VPN to access the entire streaming catalogs from around the world on the likes of Netflix and Prime Video, but the same also applies to download sites.
There are numerous reasons why a download source might be unavailable for geographic reasons. For example, some sites opt to prevent access from certain countries for multiple reasons, such as a complicated history with visitors from a country through to limited ad revenue from specific regions. Alternatively, blocks on accessing some websites may be put in place at a government level.
A VPN gets around these problems seamlessly, as you technically make yourself and your connection appear to be from somewhere other than your physical location.
2. Avoid Data Throttling by Your ISP
If you download many files, your data usage is probably significantly higher than the average user. Unintuitively, but perhaps unsurprisingly, many ISPs globally prefer their users to pay the highest price they can get out of them while placing as little strain as possible on the network.
Not all ISPs take a tremendous interest in what their users do, but if they find spikes in downloads by certain users and from specific sites, they might choose to throttle speeds. A VPN gets around this because it prevents your ISP from knowing what you’re downloading and where from.
While they can tell that specific volumes of data are being transferred across your connection, the tunnel created means they cannot view any of the specifics. Naturally, this doesn’t help if they decide to throttle speeds across the board. However, if they choose only to limit traffic from certain sources, your VPN connection means they have no way to tell precisely when those sources are in use.
3. An Extra Security Layer Against Malicious Downloads
As a general rule of thumb, when it comes to online security and downloading files, it’s best to acquire your apps and software from reputable sources and stick to names you can trust. Do that, and you probably don’t need much more by way of protection than what comes complete with your operating system.
However, sometimes finding and acquiring just what you’re looking for might require heading off the beaten path. Older software that’s unavailable from legitimate sources can be one reason to do so, and emulators aren’t always available from the most reputable sites.
It’s often difficult to know what to expect from a particular website before you get there, and it might be too late by the time you hit the download button. Most popular browsers will provide warnings, but a VPN will often come with additional protection based on blocklists and other information.
4. No Records of What You Download and When
We firmly believe that anyone should be able to download anything they want to within legal bounds, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily want other people to know what you’re downloading.
We’ve already touched on ensuring that your ISP can’t tell specifically what you’re doing at any given time. Still, they’re not the only people that could potentially peek into your online activities. If you use public networks or shared connections, there’s no better way to protect your privacy than with a VPN. Keeping it turned on while you’re online ensures that your download activities remain between you and your devices.
Whether you download a couple of files each month or you’re constantly on the lookout for new software, a VPN is a must for security, privacy, and accessibility. The impact one service can have on all three, both when downloading and doing anything else online, makes them a no-brainer.