Although private VPNs are a way to let employees connect to their business networks remotely and securely, they continue to be popular for individual use. With all of the hacking and identity theft incidents we hear about daily, having extra protection to encrypt the data that is transmitted via the internet is a plus for anyone. Virtual Private Networks provide extra security by encrypting data as it is transmitted through your ISP or Internet Service Provider. They also provide protection from hackers while surfing the internet using public wifi.