In an era of technological advancement where everything is done through the internet, maintaining privacy and security of information are real problems. Using a good VPN can help solve these problems. Although the subscribers of all Spectrum Internet packages get free access to a security suite, many people wish to take additional security measures using a VPN.
What is a VPN?
VPN actually stands for a Virtual Private Network. It is an excellent service that allows you to secure your online activities in several ways. VPN was basically designed for networks that were unsecured. Using a VPN, users can mask their internet activities as well as their location at the same time. When enabled, a VPN ensures that unauthorized users cannot trace the user’s location.
Can I Use a VPN With Spectrum Internet?
Anyone can use a VPN with Spectrum Internet. Subscribers of any spectrum internet package can use it in two possible ways. You can use the VPN through your computer, laptop, or smartphone by installing and enabling it. If you don’t want the hassle of having to turn it on every time they connect to the internet, you can also install it on your Wi-Fi router. This lets you secure all devices that are connected to the network in a single step.
Advantages of Using a VPN
People use VPN for a variety of reasons. Some of the advantages of using a VPN with an internet connection are as follows.
#1. IP Address & Privacy
A vast majority of people already know that cybercriminals track your IP address and web-activities to find out your personal or banking credentials. They monitor your internet activities including your emails to do so. A VPN allows you to protect your data and ensure privacy by masking the IP address of your network by changing your server’s location.
#2. ISP Throttling
Throttling is a practice that is used by all internet service providers to reduce the internet connection speed on a routine basis. ISPs restrict the bandwidth to implement the throttling phenomenon and it allows them to monitor the web traffic as well. This affects the overall speed of your internet connection. Since a VPN can mask your IP address, your internet service provider cannot trace your location either. That way you won’t become a victim of ISP throttling.
#3. Access to Blocked Websites
Every country blocks a few websites for various reasons. If you require some important information from a Singapore website that is blocked, you can use the VPN to access it. You can do this by turning on your VPN and selecting Singapore from the location list. It is as simple as that.
Using VPN With Spectrum
As already discussed, subscribers of Spectrum Internet can use a VPN with their connection regardless of the package they have subscribed to. Just select the VPN you like best and install it on your desired device. NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and IPVanish, etc. are some of the VPNs that are fully compatible with Spectrum Internet.
Usually, you are required to manually turn on the VPN every time you want to connect to the internet via VPN. However, you can save time and avoid this by installing your preferred VPN directly on your Wi-Fi router. This way all devices that are on your network would automatically connect to the internet through the VPN.
Setting Up VPN on the Router
If you are interested in installing a VPN on your Wi-Fi router, you can do that by following these simple steps.
- Using your outer’s model number, search the web to see if it supports a VPN. (If you can’t find anything online, contact the company from which you bought the router.)
- If your router supports a VPN, download your selected VPN (make sure it supports your router’s connection).
- Now, sign into the settings of your Wi-Fi router.
- Type in the IP address of your internet connection in the search bar of your browser.
- Enter your credentials and log in.
- Now, configure the router using the instructions provided.
- Redirect all web traffic to the VPN’s server.
- Once everything is set up, run a couple of tests to see if it is working.
If you run into any issues with the installation, you can either use the router’s manual or dial Spectrum cable phone number and talk to a customer service representative. They can guide you through the process and you would be able to use the VPN in no time.