Living In a Student Hostel? You’ll need a VPN in India

Sourav Verma

16th October 2023 | 39 Views

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VPN not only protects your online privacy but there are several benefits as well. Before we get into the topic of Wi-Fi limitation, we need to discuss the dangerous road of censorship and mass surveillance that the Indian government is taking. 

Avoid Mass Surveillance and Cybercrime

India currently sits number there on the list of the biggest surveillance states, just behind China and Russia. Internet providers in the country are required to store your network activity for up to 180 days as well.

You’ll need a VPN to prevent the Indian government from spying on your privet life. When you use a VPN, your browsing data and all other network activity are encrypted- garbled, essentially. This means Internet providers, spy agencies, and even hackers looking to steal your data will only see a bunch of gibberish with no value 

And yes hackers can(and will) abuse the fact that you’re using hostel Wi-Fi to cause some damage. One way to do so is using Evil Twin attacks, essentially creating a hotspot that mimics the real one. Once you connect to this fake network, hackers can see everything you do online, and they’ll be fishing for any valuable data input. Created card info, digital wallet logins, email, and social media accounts, you name it.

Aside from that, current Wi-Fi encryption standards and vulnerable to security exploits, meaning hackers simply steal the hostel’s password and view the traffic. VPN encryption makes your data unreadable to outsiders before it has a chance to leave your device, thus preventing any of the above attacks.


Bypass Government Censorship Online

Despite being a democracy, India takes a page out of the Chinese playbook, censoring the internet must like its neighbor to the north. Most recently, the government has banned a host of Chinese apps. Luckily, by using a VPN in India, you can experience the internet more than before.

How? Well, you log into your VPN app, and you have the option of choosing a VON server in a different country. This; process makes you the real IP address, and assigned you a new one based on your chosen country, thus allowing you access to the content of an area. Not only does this unblock most content deemed “unsafe” by the government of India, but you will be able to stream the content from abroad as well.  

Enjoy More Online Shows and Movies 

Despite paying more for Netflix on average, Indians have a smaller pool of shows and movies to choose from. Many streamlined platforms are exclusive to the other country, so you are missing out on tons of content. Get around such geo-blocks by selecting a VPN server in the US, UK, or any other area that has the shows you want.

And finally, here is that part about the Wi-Fi restrictions we have mentioned. VPNs help you by passing firewalls set up on the internet. The streaming platforms, social media, and maybe even YouTube though the latter is an excellent learning platform

Understandably, they want you to focus on your education- but you still need to unwind at some of the points, right? Save the precious GB data you would have used instead, and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi with a VPN 

Sourav Verma



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