Consider a public Wi-Fi network — perhaps at an airport or a coffee shop. Usually, you would connect without a second thought, but do you know who might be keeping tabs on the network traffic? Can you even be sure the hotspot is legitimate? Could it be set up by a criminal who’s hunting for your personal data? Think about the passwords, banking details, credit card numbers, and any other private details you send every time you go online.
Here’s where a VPN comes into play. It redirects your internet traffic through a specially configured remote server essentially creating a private tunnel for you to speak with another website or the systems in your own house when you’re not there.
What is a VPN?
VPN stands for “virtual private network” – a service that encrypts your Internet traffic and protects your online identity.
With a VPN enabled, all the data you send and receive travels through an encrypted tunnel so that no one can get their hands on your private information. That means even if a cybercriminal does somehow manage to intercept your data, they won’t be able to decipher it. This way, the VPN hides your IP address and encrypts all the data you send or receive. The encrypted data looks like gibberish to anyone who intercepts it — it is impossible to read.
Why you should consider a VPN:
1. Private Web Browsing: An incognito or “private” browser window only protects others from seeing where you visited on your computer. Your Router, Modem, Internet Provider all have records of websites you access unless you have a VPN.
2. Identity Theft: If you use Public WiFi, the only way to protect your credit card, banking and social security information from fake networks or hackers is with a VPN. Always ensure that your VPN is properly connected before opening your web browser or ip protocol applications, including streaming tv services.
3. Protect your Live and Stored Videos and Photos: If you have home security cameras or doorbells, or a camera on your laptop or tablet, these can be accessed by hackers or the government if you’re not using a VPN.
4. IT’S NOBODY ELSE’S BUSINESS! Simple as that.