Are you having trouble accessing a website based in another state or country? Many organizations use regional restrictions, such IP-based geolocation, to prevent internet users from other states and countries from accessing all or certain parts of their website. Your own organization may have implemented such as restriction, making it impossible for you to access your own website when you are away in a foreign country. If this is the case, then VPN may be the answer you are looking for.
But first, let’s find out what IP-based geolocation means. Every device connected to a computer network, including the internet, is automatically assigned a unique address consisting of a string of numbers punctuated by full stops. This is called an IP address. IP stands for internet protocol, if you didn’t already know. Your computer’s IP address doesn’t just uniquely identify your computer on the internet, it also gives away your geographical location.
When you try to log into a website, it immediately knows where you are from by analysing your IP address. If it has implemented regional restriction, it will block you. There are several ways to circumvent the restrictions, including the use of anonymous proxies and VPN. Proxies are not very reliable and, in any case, when will you have the time to find a proxy service provider when you are visiting a foreign country? But if your company has implemented a VPN, you will have no trouble accessing any website.
A VPN, which is short for Virtual Private Network, is a method for adding an impenetrable layer of security and privacy when connecting your office network or home network to the internet or a public network. It makes the connection between your private network and the internet so seamless that you will not experience any difference in the way you access information and resources from the way you access the information and resources on your network.
When connecting to the internet or public network, the VPN establishes a point-to-point connection using a VPN networking protocol such as PPTP, L2TP and SSL protocol. These protocols allow your network to communicate with the internet. Using these protocols, you can connect your private network with any other networks via the internet. For example, you can connect your office network with your home network.
Now to go back to the point, when you use a VPN, it reroutes all your internet traffic through itself. This means that your IP address will become invisible to the destination server, which will treat you just like any other visitor from the area where the server is located. Thus, VPN makes it possible for you circumvent regional restrictions, such as IP-based geolocation.