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VPNs protect computer privacy

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You wouldn't give bad guys your home address. But, while you may not know it, when you visit some websites, you're giving bad guys the address of your computer.

It's called the IP address, and you've got one. It's how your computer is identified.

Think of it as the return address. Whenever you visit a website, you're sharing that address, and bad guys can turn around and send malware or viruses back to your IP address, your computer.

But there's a way to hide your IP address. It's called a virtual private network, or VPN.

"when you're surfing the net and visiting a website that website wouldn't know exactly which IP address you're coming from. Whether you're coming from California or coming from your home." Francis Dinha said. Dinha is with Open VPN, and his product is Private Tunnel. It keeps your address private while you browse the web.

"It's almost like you're getting another internet service provider, but it's adding another layer of security for you," Dinha said.

Look at this real-time map that shows attacks headed toward computers in the united states. Scary right?

If you use a virtual private network, these attacks don't know where your computer is.

VPS's are particularly important to people who travel with their computer and who use a variety of public WI-FI. And many VPN's, including private tunnel, works with smartphones and tablets.

Virtual private networks have been popping up all over the internet. Some of them are free, but the really good ones, like private tunnel, cost around $30 a year.

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