If you've researched cybersecurity or place a bet abroad, you've no doubt seen people talking about VPNs. The acronym stands for Virtual Private Network and is a way to configure your device to look like a different place than it actually is.
For example, since some bookmakers don't allow you to bet when you are overseas, a VPN is a way to trick them into thinking you are in the UK when in fact you are in a much more exotic place. The question then comes down to whether you can actually place a bet if you use one.
Why People use VPN
The most obvious reason to use VPN is to make it seem like you are somewhere you aren't. When it comes to gambling, this often leads gambling companies to think that you are in the UK rather than a country where they are not allowed to offer their services.
However, this isn't the only reason to use a VPN. It has become increasingly common for people to make sure their computers are protected by virtual private networks when doing even the most basic things. VPNs connect your device to a server located elsewhere, so foreign parties can't see what you're doing.
By hiding your true location, you can gain some degree of online anonymity and protect yourself as much as possible. For example, if you need to access a corporate network overseas, VPNs help keep you safe. In addition to being able to access geo-blocked websites or streaming services that offer different content depending on your location.
Can you bet with a VPN?
Many people worried about losing their privacy online use a VPN as a standard precaution. There's nothing wrong with that, because they're not illegal, and they're especially useful when you're using a public internet connection like in a coffee shop or library.
Of course, it's perfectly reasonable to imagine that you're in one of these places and want to place a bet, so you may want to do so through a virtual private network. The problem is that using a VPN can potentially lead to a warning from your favorite betting site that it cannot find your true location because you are using a VPN.
You see, the problem with using a VPN with gambling companies is that they are not licensed or licensed to offer their services in certain countries. Consequently, they need to know if you are in one of the countries where they are allowed to work. Therefore, several gambling companies would have something to report if someone has logged in with a VPN.
The answer is therefore confusing. It's not illegal to use a VPN in most countries, but some are. You may find yourself in a situation where it is legal to use a VPN but to gamble illegally, so you are still breaking the law by connecting to a server outside the country to place a bet.
Most betting companies have rules in their terms and conditions that say you can't use a VPN, but that doesn't mean you can't. However, you are taking a risk because if you are caught, there is a chance that your account will be closed and the bets will be void.