Most companies these days offer some type of web filtering for their users. They usually do this to protect them from harmful content on the web. But sometimes this can be a pain, especially when you’re on the move and connecting from a different network. If you have a corporate network at work and you want to access certain websites from home, you may be blocked by your company’s web filtering. But what if you don’t want to use your work computer to access the internet? You can still connect to the resources you need by using a hidden network to communicate, which this post will tell you how to do.
Why Use A VPN For This Purpose?
When you’re using a VPN for this particular purpose, it’s important to keep in mind that unlike most other VPNs, this one is designed for secret (or personal) use only. So even though you’re using a reputable company’s services, you should still keep your network secret from the other person at the company (e.g. your IT admin).
This is especially important if you’re using the service from a public place. If you’re at a cafe or coffee shop and you want to use a VPN to access social media, you may be putting your network at risk.
Also keep in mind that not all VPNs are created equal. Some are designed to be super easy to set up and use, while others are much more complex. If speed is a concern for you (e.g. you frequently connect from a mobile device), then you may want to go with the simpler option.
How To Use A VPN To Access Social Media
One of the things that make this particular VPN so special is that it was designed to work with all of the major VPN protocols (L2TP, IPsec, PPTP, and OpenVPN). This makes it much easier to use because you don’t have to worry about which one to go with. All you have to do is install the app and connect to a network with internet access (e.g. a home or office network).
The best part is that this app utilizes military-grade encryption to keep your private information secure. So even if someone gets ahold of your network ID and password, they won’t be able to access your personal data because it’s encrypted as you browse.
Once you have your VPN account set up, you can access your favorite social media websites such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter without any problems. Of course, if you want to use a different social media account, you’ll have to set it up separately because they all interact with the sites and can’t be used at the same time.
How To Use A VPN To Browse The Web Privately
This is where things start getting a little bit more complex. You have to figure out what type of VPN you want to use and then install and configure it on your network before you start using it. Even then, you might have some issues because not all VPNs are made equal and some are better than others at helping users access content privately. If you are a power user who needs full control over what gets filtered and what doesn’t, then you may want to look into a paid VPN solution.
Once you have your VPN account set up and connected, you can use the app to access privately owned websites that are banned by your company (e.g. porn sites). To do this, you need to make sure that your company’s firewall is disabled (e.g. put it into “allow” mode so that it doesn’t interfere with your internet connection) and that your browser is not displaying any type of warning when you navigate to the site. This is because the VPN is encrypting your internet connection as you browse, so anything displayed on the site would be scrambled.
The upside to using this particular method is that it can be enabled on nearly any device because it’s compatible with all of the major VPN protocols. The downside is that it’s a little more complex than just using a regular VPN.
How To Use A VPN To Access Blocked Sites
If your company has banned certain websites (e.g. gossip blogs or social media platforms), you can use the special mode on this app to access them. This mode, known as incognito browsing, makes it look like you’re browsing the web privately, even though you’re technically connected to the internet through a VPN. You can use this mode to connect to banned sites at work by selecting the “incognito” button when you log in.
The best part of this mode is that it hides your IP address, so even if you’re connecting from a private network at work, others can’t tell that you’re accessing banned sites unless they somehow manage to crack your network’s security.
The downside to this particular mode of operation is that it’s not available on all devices because the VPN app has to be started manually once you turn on your computer or mobile device. Also, if you happen to use a public network to access the internet at work, others can still see that you’re accessing banned sites unless you happen to be on a device that has incognito browsing enabled. So if you need to access a banned site at work, you may have to find a way to bypass your company’s firewall.
As you can see, there are various ways to use a VPN to access the content you need. But if you need to keep your network secure and don’t want to use your work computer to do your internet shopping or banking, then this method might be the one for you. Just keep in mind that not all VPNs are created equal.