TL;DR

Use a VPN if you:

Want to prevent your school spying from spying on you.

Want to remain private.

Have 5 minutes.


 

If you connect to your school’s internet, they can see and record everything you do online. They can watch and record what sites you visit, what you download, read your emails and messages, and more. The power they possess is scary, especially if you don’t trust school bureaucrats to work in your best interest.

Use a VPN

One easy way to keep your school from seeing what you do online is to use a VPN. 

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. It does a couple things you care about:

  1. It encrypts your data before sending it, then decrypts it at its destination. This is good because there is a smaller chance of someone stealing the information you send over the internet.
  2. It makes it harder for schools to know the person they’re spying on is you.

You can use a VPN to let you access the internet and make it look like you’re not you… For example, without a VPN, if you connect to your school’s internet, they see you connecting from your location as you. If you connect to that same internet using a VPN, you can make it look like you’re from Ohio, Miami, Singapore, or anywhere you’re not actually at.

There are a lot of VPNs out there. Which VPN should I use?

Here’s a list of VPNs with reviews and benefits of each one. IVPN is one we like because it that doesn’t record logs of your traffic. Logs are basically a list of what you’ve done (exactly what we’re trying to avoid). Not keeping logs is important because if a government official asks a VPN for your logs and they don’t have them, you’re safe.

If you want to learn more about VPNs and why they’re important, this article by Free Code Camp is good. How to Set up a VPN in 5 Minutes for Free and Why You Urgently Need One.

Send us a message if you have any questions on VPNs or how to use them, and we’ll happily help.