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4 reasons why you need a desktop VPN

Mar 29, 2018 · 4 min read

4 reasons why you need a desktop VPN

Home sweet home – it’s where you feel most comfortable and secure. Doesn’t it make sense, then, that all of your data should be safest when you store it on your home desktop?

NordVPN has plenty of features for mobile security, but a VPN for desktop is just as important, if not more so. Here are 5 reasons why your home desktop needs a watertight VPN.

Home is where the hard drive is

We use all of our devices differently. Mobile devices might have access to a lot of our accounts and info (especially what’s in the cloud), but they usually don’t store too much data themselves. Our home computers, on the other hand, are nearly the opposite. There’s plenty of room for all of our files, and those with a digital hoarding habit often accumulate years of data on their hard drives. Even if you’re not a hoarder, chances are your desktop has data you’d hate to lose.

The damage a hacker could cause by accessing all of your financial or personal documents is clear, but there’s another thing you may not have thought of. Sometimes, when an invasive virus infects your hard drive, the only way to get rid of it is to wipe your computer and reinstall your OS. If you back up your files responsibly, then this is a major inconvenience at worst – but that’s if your backup doesn’t get infected as well. If you don’t, such a loss can be catastrophic, depending on what you store on your computer.

We store plenty of files on our home desktop computers.

This is why you want your desktop to enjoy the best security possible. A VPN, along with antivirus software and good online habits, will go a very long way towards keeping your files secure.

How we use our desktops

Different devices are better for different things. Chances are you take more selfies and send more instant messages with your smartphone than on your desktop. If you’re at home, why stream a show on your phone when you could do it on a larger screen with better sound – like on your laptop or desktop?

NordVPN offers specialized servers optimized for different services like P2P file sharing, video streaming, or any activity that people might prefer doing in the privacy of their own homes. Not only does a VPN tighten your cybersecurity, it can actually improve the performance of some of your favorite services.

With its DNS leak protection, NordVPN can also prevent your online traffic from accidentally being revealed. A DNS server is what translates a URL into computer speak and back again. Usually, this process happens within your VPN-encrypted tunnel, but your computer’s settings can sometimes cause it to leak out. Fortunately, NordVPN has a DNS leak prevention feature to ensure that your traffic stays private.

PC gamers can also benefit from using NordVPN – not only does it allow connecting to gaming servers in different countries, but also protects players from the much dreaded DDoS attacks.

Use a desktop VPN for global access

One important reason to use a VPN on your laptop is because it allows you to “return home” when you’re on the go and enjoy your favorite services as if you were in your home country. The same feature has a different benefit for desktop computers by allowing them to browse as if they’re anywhere else in the world – without leaving home.

The power of this feature can be significant to the right people. Eliminate geo-restrictions on online services. Evade government censorship. However, there’s one benefit that you may not have thought of…

Go shopping. You see, some e-shops and some industries assign different prices based on your location. When you use NordVPN, you select a country to connect to, and everything you do looks as if it’s being done from that country. Therefore, you can see (and pay) potentially lower prices that are offered to visitors from a country other than your own. This can save you a lot of money on airplane tickets!

Avoid throttling

Now that the FCC has repealed net neutrality in the US, American ISPs are free to throttle their users’ traffic unless they pay a premium for unthrottled traffic. ISPs have already been caught trying to implement throttling before net neutrality was gone, so it’s only a matter of time before they do so again.

However, the ISP only knows who to throttle by monitoring what sites people use (a capability they use regularly). If they can’t see your traffic, they can’t tell if you’re someone they need to throttle – so they don’t.

This strategy works very well. In fact, a number of NordVPN’s clients in the US have reported faster browsing speeds as soon as they turned on our service!

Why not both?

You may be convinced that you need a VPN for your desktop computer, but there’s one fatal flaw with this article – you don’t actually have to choose between your desktop and your other devices. That’s because NordVPN provides support for up to six devices at once. That covers your smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, and then two more devices for family members. You get complete coverage.

Along with a robust antivirus, vigilant firewall, and educated online browsing habits, a VPN is an important tool for keeping your entire digital device “ecosystem” secure and malware-free.

Daniel Markuson
Daniel Markuson successVerified author

Daniel is a digital privacy enthusiast and an internet security expert. As the blog editor at NordVPN, Daniel is generous with spreading news, stories, and tips through the power of a well-written word.

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