Mods will notice that my IP shows 'London' when really I am located somewhere in Malorca and the reason I've been using a Virtual Private Network is because it keeps my daughter and I safe when online. This means when we connect to the network through a VPN, the data is kept secured and encrypted. In this way, the information is away from the hackers’ eyes.
Think of having your own rabbit burrow. That is how effective having a VPN is as it renders me virtually invisible against phishers, all sorts. Especially when sat in a caff and using their WiFi. Or, at an airport where even one's wallet could be scanned by a thief intent on stealing one's identity, so having a VPN installed on your device will protect you for being spied on.
VPNs adds security against cyber attacks (like ransomware), and provide an effective method to internet users to safeguard their online privacy and security, helping combat the anti-privacy bill and surveillance.
The maintence cost of VPN is very low. My daughter has an iPad and it's covered with the added safety. (I also have added a net nanny to keep her extra-safe when online to guard against her happening upon dubious sites).
Here is a factual website that gives 10 reasons to use a VPN for private web browsing. Having checked it through, it does not advertise any particular brand, so use it to gen up.https://www.lifewire.com/reasons-to-use-a-vpn-for-private-web-browsing-2483583
Stay safe online!