Google says VPNs are important and why users should use one


VPNs have been a bone of contention between service providers and the Indian government. In other countries, however, VPN services remain popular and in demand. When Google launched the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones in October 2022, it offered VPN services free of cost. Called VPN One, the service is now available for all Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users. Google has also explained in a blog post why VPNs are important. Here’s what the tech giant has to say on VPNs and why users should explore them:
Google on why VPNs are important
In a blog post, Ane Fabo Aranzabal, senior product manager, privacy & security says that a VPN — or Virtual Private Network — gives users the peace of mind that their connection is private and secure. “It works like a privacy cloak, adding a layer of encryption to your internet activity that shields it from eavesdropping hackers and network operators (which can include your internet service provider, carrier or public Wifi provider),” says Aranzabal. VPNs also mask users’ IP addresses from the sites and apps that they visit. Without using a VPN, user activity can be easily tracked by bad actors.
What is the main benefit of using a VPN service?
As Aranzabal explains, VPN provides the most benefit when you turn it on and keep it on so it’s always working in the background to keep you safer. One really doesn’t notice whether a VPN is on or not.“However, if you prefer to turn it on and off, there are moments when it is particularly beneficial to use it, like working from coffee shops or connecting to airport Wi-Fi,” adds Aranzabal. VPNs are generally more useful when a user is using a public network or one that doesn’t offer strong security. In such cases, no one can see what you are browsing if you have a VPN service enabled.



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