What Happens to Your VPN Account if You Use It on a Different Device?

One of the most common questions we get at VPNsolutions is, “What happens to my account if I use it on a different device?” We wanted to provide some clarity on this topic so that when you log in on a new device, you’re not left wondering what happened to your account. Keep reading for more information.

Why Would You Want to Use Your VPN Account On A Different Device?

Before we get started, it’s important to note that there are many reasons why you might want to use your VPN account on a different device than the one you signed up with. Here are just a few:

Traveling

If you travel a lot for work, it might be annoying to sign in with the same account on every device you use during your travels. With a VPN account, you can sign in to a different device each time you use it, and all of your devices will be connected to each other through your VPN connection, so you won’t have to worry about signing in again on a different device. This feature makes traveling a lot easier because you can always be signed in to the same account, even on a different device than the one you used before when you were in that particular location (e.g., office, hotel, or cafe).

Using On A Different Network

We all spend a lot of time connected to the Internet and most of us use it mostly for social networking and online shopping. What happens if you’re connected to a public network like a WiFI hotspot at a coffee shop or airport, or if you have a personal network connection at home, but you want to browse the Internet using a different ISP (Internet Service Provider)? A VPN account allows you to set up a personal connection to a VPN server (if you have one connected) in your region in order to access the content you want from different ISPs. So, for example, if you have a VPN account with NordVPN and you’re connected to a different ISP in your region, you can bypass all of the restrictions and access to websites you normally wouldn’t be able to, like Twitter and YouTube. (More on this below.)

Using On A Cell Phone

A lot of people use their cell phones to access the Internet and social media, but not all of them do so happily. Sometimes, you have to pay for data, and sometimes, you’re subject to online surveillance and tracking by the companies that own the networks you connect to. These companies often have agreements with Internet service providers, mobile phone companies, and other technology companies, that they can share your data with, so that they can better target ads and sell products to you (and others like you). If you’re afraid that your personal data will be collected and used without your permission, then why would you use a public and unprotected network to access it? A VPN account gives you complete control over your personal data while you’re online, and allows you to utilize a secure connection to keep all of your personal information safe. (More on this below.)

Using Virtual Private Network To Browse The Internet Privately

You might be familiar with the concept of a virtual private network (VPN), or have even used one to connect to a private network through a public and unsecure network (like the Internet). A VPN account allows you to set up a secure connection to a public network like the Internet so that you can surf the web privately and securely without having to worry about viruses, malware, or hackers. (More on this below.)

When you first set up your VPN account, you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password. You will then be given information about the servers (data centers) located in different countries that service your VPN account. You can change your email address and password at any time through your VPN dashboard.

You can also access your VPN account’s dashboard from any device you log in with. From here, you can view your active servers, as well as a list of all of the servers in your account, their location, and the connection status. You can stop a server at any time from the dashboard (if it’s not already stopped), or delete your account if you decide that you no longer want to use it.

Protecting Your Privacy Online

Everyone on the Internet is now aware of the growing threat to their personal data, especially since the recent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that took effect on May 25, 2018. The aim of the GDPR is to give individuals more control over their personal data and make data collection and use more transparent. The regulation provides individuals with the right to be forgotten (right to erasure) and restricts companies’ ability to use their personal data for marketing purposes.

In light of the regulations, it is more important than ever to ensure that your personal data is secure while you’re online. This is why we highly recommend using a VPN to protect all of your personal information while you’re on public and unsecure networks like the Internet. A VPN encrypts all of your data while it’s traveling to and from your device, thus protecting it from being intercepted by hackers or data collectors. (More on this below.)

Even when you’re on a private network like a corporate or university network, your data can be insecure if you’re not using a VPN. Most private networks are unsecure due to the fact that they exist within a NAT (Network Address Translation) firewall that hides your IP (Internet Protocol) address, so that your device cannot be identified or located by an outside source. This means that even though you are on a private network, anyone within that network (e.g., employees, students, guests, or anyone else connected to that network) can see your IP address and potentially access your data, unless you use a VPN to encrypt it before it leaves your device. (More on this below.)

Managing Your Account With Ease

One of the biggest complaints we get from customers who have used other services is that they can be complicated to use. With a VPN account, managing your account is extremely simple and intuitive — you simply need to have a decent internet connection and a device with a keyboard (we recommend using a MacBook Pro with Touch ID to make logging in and out even simpler). From your device, you can access all of the information you need regarding your account, including server settings, login details, and more. You can stop a server at any time from the dashboard (if it’s not already stopped), or delete your account if you decide that you no longer want to use it.

More Reasons To Use A VPN

Even if you don’t use one of the devices or platforms above, there are still many reasons to use a VPN. Some of the most common ones are for:

Accessing Private Networks

If you’re a business owner or sysadmin (systems administrator) who needs to access a private network (e.g., a company network or a university network) through the Internet, you can set up a VPN account so that you can easily connect to the private network, even from public and unsecure networks like the Internet. A VPN account can also be used to gain access to government and military-controlled networks, like those belonging to the United States Department of Defense, which are heavily fortified against unauthorized use. (More on this below.)

Improving Your Experience On Social Media

Many people use social media to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as to follow the news and stay up to date on world events. Even people who don’t use social media extensively have some accounts that they use to keep in touch with friends. When you’re on social media, you often have to give away a lot of personal information about yourself (e.g., your name, email address, phone number, workplace, etc.) This is why it’s important to use a VPN to protect your personal data while you’re on social media. (More on this below.)

Protecting Your Computer To Browse The Web Privately

Even people who use their computers for regular tasks like word processing and emailing could benefit from using a VPN to protect their computer and keep their personal information private and secure. You might be familiar with the concept of a virtual private network (VPN), which provides a secure connection to public networks like the Internet so that you can surf the web privately and securely without having to worry about viruses, malware, or hackers. A VPN encrypts all of your data while it’s traveling to and from your computer, thus protecting it from being intercepted by hackers or data collectors. (More on this below.)

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