A VPN or “Virtual Private Network” is one way to enhance your security and privacy on the internet. While connected to a VPN all data transmitted between your computer and the internet is encrypted so third parties can’t see the information being sent. This makes it a great tool to use when connecting to public WiFi hotspots which do not typically offer any security.
In addition to encrypting your data VPN’s provide an additional level of privacy to users. All requests coming from your computer are routed through a “gateway” server which can reside anywhere in the world. For example if you lived in San Francisco, you could connect to a VPN and appear to live in New York, Tokyo, or any number of gateway cities.