Why use a VPN when travelling?

Sécuriser votre activité en ligne

Traveling soon? Think about using a VPN to protect your digital data and take no risks!

Everyone knows how to assess the traditional risks associated with travel. But few people are really aware of the digital risks involved when they find themselves in a foreign country. And yet, these risks are numerous and very real. And the damage they can cause is often embarrassing, even dramatic.

Apart from exercising the utmost caution, there’s really only one solution for effective protection: a VPN. This article will help you better understand why a VPN is essential when traveling, and what protection it can provide in a practical, simple and effective way.

What is a VPN?

Qu'est-ce qu'un VPN ?

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A VPN(Virtual Private Network) is like your own secure private tunnel to the Internet. All the information you send and receive online is encrypted before it passes through the network, so it’s protected from prying eyes.

In concrete terms, this means that all your activity (the sites you use, your connection information, your messages and online calls) remains absolutely private with a VPN in France or abroad.

What’s it for?

À quoi ça sert ?

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A VPN in France or elsewhere means you can use a multitude of servers in different countries. They form the virtual private network you access. By connecting to these remote servers, you can mask your real IP address and access the Internet only from the IP address of a server in the country of your choice.

This is very important, because when you’re traveling, you can always connect to the Web from a French server and access the same services as from France. The reverse is also possible.

Using a VPN when traveling is recommended, as a VPN can protect against hackers, scammers and thieves gaining access to your mobile devices and computers when you connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots. Connecting to public or free Wi-Fi is a must when traveling, so a VPN is a must.

Finally, it’s possible to work from anywhere with an online VPN. This includes when you’re using Wi-Fi on your phone or tablet, in any airport, hostel or other public/semi-public network. This is especially true for anything that requires extra security, such as online banking, shopping or e-mail, or any secure business transactions you need to make from abroad.

How to choose your VPN?

Comment choisir votre VPN ?

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If you’re wondering which VPN to use, you should know that there are two categories of service: the free online VPN and the VPN service available for a small fee. The temptation would be to use the free online VPN, but as everyone knows, there’s nothing free in this world.

While it may seem free, you should be aware that the VPN service may inundate you with advertisements and, above all, may use your connection data to select advertisers or resell it to third-party companies. For a service that’s supposed to ensure your security, this is regrettable. So it’s always better to invest a few euros in a genuine, high-quality VPN service in France.

Finally, it’s perfectly legal to use a VPN in France. In fact, VPNs are legal in most countries. There may be cases where using a VPN goes against the terms of use of a particular website, but overall using a French or foreign VPN won’t pose any legal problems for you.

    The most important criteria for choosing a VPN :

  • The price
  • Server geolocation
  • Payment methods
  • The number of servers
  • The safety protocol
  • Customer support

Why use a VPN?

There are, of course, many practical reasons to use a VPN when traveling. The following are the main ones, and the ones that will give you immediate security against all the risks you run when traveling abroad.

Avoid having your bank account frozen

Éviter d'avoir votre compte bancaire bloqué

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Have you ever used your bank card abroad and had it blocked? Or had access to your bank account denied for unusual activity? Normally, all you have to do is tell your bank about your trip and everything’s fine. In theory, because it’s far from infallible.

When you make a purchase on the Internet (booking a hotel, a domestic flight or an excursion), your bank knows where the transaction is taking place thanks to the IP address. So, if you set up a VPN to give the impression that you’re connecting from your home country instead of your vacation destination, this will create fewer alerts in your bank’s algorithms. So there’s less risk that your account will be restricted and you’ll have to take multiple steps to reopen it.

This also applies to PayPal and other online financial services that have been known to block your account because you are connecting from another country.

Securing your online business

Sécuriser votre activité en ligne

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In many countries, you’ll have to connect to insecure websites. The rise of secure websites has helped to reduce this risk, but there are still many parts of the world where there are plenty of unsecured sites, applications and services.

However, if you run a VPN on your device, you’re protected from spies and hackers. Your connection data is encrypted and protected by a secure tunnel. So there’s no risk of it falling into the hands of the wrong people.

Protect all your devices

Protéger tous vos appareils

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The advantage of quality VPN services is that they can be used on a wide range of devices. So you can protect not only your laptop, but also your phone or tablet.

And, when you’re traveling, it’s best to ensure that your protection is uniform across all your devices, otherwise you’re creating a very important loophole for web hackers.

Most VPN subscriptions allow multiple simultaneous connections from a single account, so there’s no reason not to. And it’s the best way to rest easy.

Securing public Wi-Fi

Sécuriser le Wi-Fi public

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It’s when we travel that we most often connect to various public networks that are highly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats.

In airports, hotels or cafés, public Wi-Fi networks do us a lot of favors. However, these are open networks, which are not secure and allow anyone using them to access your information. Criminals have even been known to set up Wi-Fi hotspots specifically to entice people to connect, so they can hack into or infect devices with malware.

A VPN will enable you to connect without worrying about your security, and ensure you’re protected against these kinds of attacks.

Save on online shopping

Éviter le ciblage du prix établi à partir de la localisation

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Companies not only use your Internet data to target their advertising, they also use it to adjust their prices.

Let’s say, for example, that in the past you’ve researched a trip to Barcelona. The prices of airline tickets, car rentals or activities will increase considerably because your browser knows that you’re interested in this destination. Websites for airlines, car rentals and tourist activities actually use your browser’s history to find out how much they can increase the price of your tickets.

However, if you want to buy a plane ticket, rent a car or find an activity from your favorite price comparison sites and you’re a VPN subscriber, you’ll have access to the best prices on the market. You won’t miss out on the best deals, and you’ll be able to go on vacation at low prices!

Searching without leaving a digital footprint

Faire des recherches sans laisser d'empreinte numérique

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This is particularly important if you’re a researcher, whistleblower, activist, journalist or political dissident. But it can save you a lot of trouble in many countries even if you have none of these activities. What may seem trivial to you may be subversive elsewhere, or even illegal. Using a VPN masks your use of the Internet when you can’t take the risk of government agencies or other organizations monitoring your activity.

Many travelers have already been arrested abroad simply for commenting on political issues, forgetting that freedom of expression is not a right in every country. So it’s important to make sure you have a VPN to keep your e-mail exchanges and comments on social networks totally confidential, and to anonymize your online presence.

Access Netflix wherever you are

Accéder à Netflix où que vous soyez

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If you’re traveling abroad, you’ll quickly realize that popular streaming services are restricted in certain countries. This is due to copyright agreements, which dictate where they can and cannot broadcast their content. As a result, you won’t be able to access the French catalog of Netflix or other streaming services from many foreign countries.

To get around this, you need to change your connection location. The most practical way to do this is to use a VPN service. It will change your computer’s IP address, and your streaming service will have no idea that you’ve left the country.

  • Useful info: If you’re staying in France, using a VPN also lets you access content from foreign streaming platforms, including Netflix. No need to wait for exclusive access to your favorite programs!