Back to school with you, with more classes, harder assignments, and more time on the campus network. In addition to daily checking social media and emails, more course research and group work requires a huge increase in the amount of time you spend using the internet.
You use campus Wi-Fi in classrooms, libraries, playgrounds (which may vary slightly between them) and host-provided internet in coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and more. What they all have in common is that they are all public Wi-Fi, which makes users face more serious security risks than using a private network. This is the biggest reason why we recommend students to use a VPN.
School Wi-Fi is a type of public Wi-Fi. Your personal information and private data are exposed to people connected to the same router. Hackers and malicious people can easily break into your device. Plus, they can identify you by your campus Wi-Fi IP address.
By connecting to VPN, you use the IP address provided by the VPN service when you conduct Internet activities. This can effectively protect your privacy.
Using a VPN can also bring more convenience to your campus life. You may use it to:
1. Avoid surveillance
When using campus Wi-Fi, the website address you visit is transparent to the administrator. Using a VPN can hide your destination from possible surveillance.
2. Bypass restrictions or filters
School networks often block potentially distracting sites or apps, such as video sites or gaming sites. A VPN allows you to bypass school's firewall and access these websites.
3. Access additional learning resources
If you need to study remotely or access internet material in censored countries. VPNs provide you with access to these resources.
4. Improve campus network speed
In addition to schools, ISPs may also build firewalls to restrict network traffic to certain networks during certain times. Using a VPN hides the target DNS, resulting in higher network speeds.