By Guest Writer Jack Warner,
Protecting your identity and sensitive information is more important today than it’s ever been before. With so much of our lives tracked, we can quickly become targets when the wrong person gets ahold of our personal information. Though it’s hard to avoid technology. it’s not difficult to take steps to make you and your information safer.
Opting to use a Virtual Privacy Network — also known as a VPN — can help you keep your personal information protected while you use the internet. Apps and programs are available for mobile devices, smartphones, and computers. Chances are, whatever technology you use that needs to be on an internet network, there’s a VPN option out there for you.
If you don’t have experience with VPNs, you may be wondering how they work. These networks help encrypt your data and internet traffic. Without a VPN, competent hackers can easily see what your internet use looks like, plucking account information, passwords, and banking information in a matter of seconds. Using a VPN protects this information and leaves hackers out of luck.
VPNs also allow users access to information and websites that might otherwise be blocked by their country’s government.
Are VPNs Necessary?
What’s really necessary is keeping your information safe and protected. A VPN can be a great way to help do that. In fact, the need for VPNs has become so significant and established that some companies have started preloading their products with them, giving you better production from the moment you log on. ExpressVPN’s Windows App, for instance, is now included with the new HP Spectre x360 13.
Installed and ready to go, you receive a 30-day free trial of the VPN with your purchase of the new computer. This gives you plenty of time to test out the program to see first-hand the protection it gives you.
HP isn’t the only one moving over to additional production. The VPN market is on the rise and projected to grow by more than 10 billion dollars over the next few years. VPNs are far from a passing fad or just an interim technology as software and products continue to advance. Instead, they are an invaluable tool when it comes to protecting yourself, your family, and your assets.
And if you’re sick of incessant targeted advertisements, constantly nagging you every step you make online, VPNs help eliminate those too. Do big data companies really deserve to know what kind of shoes you were thinking of buying?
Keeping Your Devices Safe
Have you taken all the precautions when it comes to your devices and networks? It’s a great first step, but it can also lead to a false sense of security. You may think you have been sticking to safe networks and devices, but you can’t always guarantee someone else’s network hasn’t been compromised.
Not only does a VPN give you extra protection on an already secure network, but it also gives you more control over those situations where you don’t have full control. You can’t always know what networks have been compromised, or which networks have skimped on protection. What you can know is that having a VPN installed on your devices can mean the difference between keeping your information safe and having it compromised.
It’s no secret that hackers continue to evolve and become ever more sophisticated. While our technologies continue to advance, so do hackers’ capabilities. Even well-established, cutting-edge companies have found themselves victims to breaches that have left sensitive information being compromised. Using a VPN on your mobile devices can help combat such breaches to keep your personal information personal.
At the end of the day, using a VPN has benefits that extend beyond your home and personal networks. If you’re like most of us, you probably spend a fair amount of time on the go. Whether you’re aware of it or not, your devices may come into contact with other networks while you’re on the go or at the office. Those same devices you trust and log into regularly may be vulnerable to hacks while on less secure networks.
Don’t find yourself with jeopardized information because someone else failed to secure their network properly. Using a VPN can put the ball back in your court while giving you control over your own protection.
About the writer:
Jack is an accomplished cybersecurity expert with years of experience under his belt at TechWarn, a trusted digital agency to world-class cybersecurity companies. A passionate digital safety advocate himself, Jack frequently contributes to tech blogs and digital media sharing expert insights on cybersecurity and privacy tools.
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