Okay so, VPNs. How the heck do they work?
I’ve been looking into them for a long time for various reasons (privacy paranoïa/lucidity, region-locked content, etc) but i still don’t understand how they function so i’d really appreciate a practical primer - ie. not something that goes into the technical details of how they work, but an explanation of how to use them and what kind of involvement that represents. Because i’m a big dumdum!!
I’m mostly confused because i’ve heard that good VPNs you have to pay for (which is fine), and that they’re independent programs from whatever you internet browser is, but i’ve also seen browser add-ons that supposedly do the same thing? Also some of them are free, but i don’t know if they actually work? And i’m also not clear on whether these require upkeep after the initial setup.
I’m also taking recommendations if you personally use a VPN you can vouch for!