Why VPN Security Is Important to Your Gaming Experience

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Posted May 16, 2019 by Richard Lee Breslin in Editorial, Features, Gaming News

In the ever growing age of technology and personal data, your privacy and security has never been as important as it is now.  You may have seen a lot of YouTube influencers promoting VPN and other then the sponsorship deal of course, there’s a great reason why you should consider subscribing to such a service.

For starters, just being on the go with your mobile, if at any point you connect to free Wi-Fi on a bus, train, pub or even a restaurant, while there’s only small odds that you may be at risk, there is always that one chance that this open network will leave your private data exposed to hackers.  This could mean that some scum bag can gain access to your passwords to your email account, online retailers, you gaming accounts and much more.  And of course, they could as a consequence, pinch your bank and credit card details, and before you’ve realised what’s happened, the damage could have already been done.

Other than your everyday security, what are the other importance’s does having a VPN benefit your gaming experience?  Well for starters, if you prefer your games digitally and feel restricted by regional release dates, having a VPN is a great way to hide your location, so that you can download happily from other regional stores.  So when a game your really excited for releases on a Tuesday, but it doesn’t release until the following Friday in your country, then fear not as a VPN will break down that barrier, and it will also help gain access to region exclusive DLC.

If you’re big on multiplayer gaming, you can also play multiplayer games from any region.  So if there’s ever a case where another country gets an online exclusive game, like that Halo game that released in Russia years ago, having a VPN will allow you to download and play that particular game, as if you were a resident of Mother Russia.  Also, later this year, Apex Legends Mobile is releasing first in China before anywhere else in the world and by having a VPN, you can download and play as soon as that game becomes available.

You’ll also be able to connect to a multitude of gaming servers from across the world.  So if your country suffers from poor ping times, latency and lag, just find a server that’s good for you and enjoy your multiplayer gaming as you should wherever you connect online.

Just like being connected to a free public Wi-Fi on your mobile or laptop, you will still have your security to consider when playing games online via PC or console, even in the comfort of your own home.  While the vast majority of online gamers are good jolly folk, you will encounter an idiot from time to time, that simply cannot take losing and it might just be that the idiot knows how to get into your personal data or even enforce a DDoS attack.  By having a VPN, you’ll not only be able to safely protect your data behind encrypted gaming private networks, but you will also be able to protect yourself from any imposing DDoS attacks.

So there you have it, there are plenty of reasons to get a VPN but they’re especially great for gamers in preventing DDoS attacks and accessing geo-specific content. If you’re not familiar with VPNs, ProPrivacy has a a lot of great guides to get you started.


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Richard Lee Breslin
Richard Lee Breslin

Gamimg has been my life for 30+ years and will always be my passion. I have a BDes Hons Games Development and Digital Media, and I hope to one day turn my passion for gaming and writing into a living. My favourite gaming series are Resi Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted and The Last of Us. I collect gaming merchandise, comics and movies. I love football (namely Aston Villa) and WWE. I can also often be found wondering the outskirts of Raccoon City. Follow me on Twitter @Solidus5nake and you can check out my Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/solidus5nake


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