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Between 2007 and 2019, the number of passengers who went on a cruise worldwide increased from 15.62 million to 25.33 million. The popularity of cruise holidays is on the rise. If you are among the millions of people who are planning one right now, then you should also consider subscribing to a VPN.

Why a VPN?

The first step is to understand what is a VPN and what it does. A VPN stands or Virtual Private Network, and it is an encrypted channel between two or more devices. That means when communicating over the internet, the messages you send from your device to another go through this secure channel. With that in mind, here are three reasons why you should use a VPN when on a cruise.

1. A VPN speeds up your connection

When on a cruise, there is usually the provision of public Wi-Fi. That is convenient because you do not need to keep lifting your phone, or staying on the deck in a bid to find bars because you are in the middle of the sea. However, the downside of public Wi-Fi is that a lot of people are using it at the same time. As a result, most cruise internet ISPs tend to throttle speed with the aim of distributing speed. If you happen to be watching Netflix, or any other data-intensive activity, then that is very unfortunate for you. To get around the throttling, you should use a VPN which will circumvent the ISP and, in turn, the throttling.

2. A VPN will keep you safe

By now, you probably already know the dangers of public Wi-Fi—from hackers who can intercept your communications to eavesdroppers who can intercept your passwords and use them to commit identity fraud or just the good old banking fraud. A VPN uses military-grade encryption to protect your data which means anything you send over the internet is safe from cybercriminals.

3. A VPN deals with geo-restricted content

Finally, depending on where your cruise will take you, you are bound to encounter geo-restricted content. For example, consider the popular Norwegian Escape. It has cruises from New York to Canada/New England. When you get to Canada, then chances are high you will not be able to access some US restricted content.

A VPN will get around the geo-restriction because it will allow you to choose a US server. In turn, you can still enjoy as much content as you desire.