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Online Shopping with a VPN — Is It Safe?

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Be Safe When You Are Online Shopping 

This article will show you how to use a VPN anytime you go online shopping.

Online shopping has been growing exponentially in the last couple of years, and a lot of people consider themselves to be savvy internet shoppers.

But is that really the case?

Have you been using online shopping completely to your advantage with all the technological innovations you have at your disposal?

Or have you been unknowingly exposing yourself to potential threats?

Since you are spending your hard-earned money online, you should know it’s not all that light-hearted — in fact, there are a few risks that you should note.

Unfortunately, many people have doubts about using virtual private networks (VPNs), but that should not be the case.

A VPN should be your ultimate companion for online shopping, as it will help you get better deals and protect you from fraudulent promotions and offers.

How VPNs Help?

If you don’t understand how VPNs work, imagine it functioning like a tunnel between you and the services and sites you’re visiting.

To help you understand better, you should know that websites categorize their visitors by their physical IP address.

However, with the use of a VPN, you can easily change your location by hiding it.

That way, you’ll be able to see offers from other countries.

For example, if you’re located in the UK, you can set your IP address to New York and see all the US offers on your favourite site.

On top of that, by using a VPN, any network that you’re using will be encrypted.

So, if you’re browsing the internet on a public WiFi, a VPN will automatically secure your connection, enabling a safe online shopping experience.

That way, any information that you share online, like your credit card details, will not be shared or stolen.

Do Online Prices Depend on Your Location?

This might come as a surprise to you, but online shops do not treat all of their customers the same.

Since everything is online today, it does not take long for an online vendor to gather all the information it can about you and set its offers and prices according to that.

Interestingly, your location seems to play a big role because vendors see certain locations as more affluent than others.

This price-gouging technique is known as dynamic pricing and it is a commonly used method among top e-sellers.

So, by using a VPN to connect to another location, you will be able to see whether a certain e-seller offers different pricing depending on your location.

Ultimately, you will have a chance to find more affordable deals while browsing securely.

You will only need a little bit more time to do your online shopping.

Best Shopping Deals Using A VPN

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Once you start using a VPN, a range of possibilities will open up.

Not only will you be able to save money on flights (like we’ve talked about here), but you’ll also save on hotels.

You’ll often find that hotel offers are cheaper for people located nearby.

So, if you want to stay in London, set your location to Brentwood, Essex or similar.

Use a VPN when shopping for video games, software, and other security tools, as prices typically fluctuate for those products.

Compare the prices from various locations and find the best deals in no time.

Discussion: Do you use a VPN? What advantages do you find that you get from using it?

Leave your comments below as I’m always interested in your feedback. 

Mr.CBB

Image by Hannes Edinger

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3 Comments

  1. Which ones do you recommend? I’m actually in tech support & refuse to pay for a vpn. The free ones I have to disconnect after 5 mins

  2. Hi.
    I use PUREVPN, have for about 3 years. They are rated as one of the best for protection. Customer service is great if you run into a problem. They keep up with any threats against VPN’s, and keep their system updated. Yes I would recommend PUREVPN to anyone. Pricing is fair.

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