A Quick Primer on Internet Safety and VPN

In todayโ€™s digital age, much of our life has a connection to the internet. Ensuring your online presence with a VPN has become more critical than ever. Cybercrime rates are escalating, threatening individual identities, businesses, and government agencies.

A Cyber-Compromised Environment

In 2015, Chinese hackers breached the government background check system that compromised Personal Identifiable Information (PII) of 22 million current and former employees and applicants. In recent years, businesses saw ransomware and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Through breaches of banks, schools, pharmacies, and more, personal, financial and medical information frequently gets compromised.

Internet safety refers to protecting usersโ€™ personal information, data, and privacy when browsing or using online services. It includes several aspects to secure against identity theft, malware attacks, data breaches, and unauthorized access.

Internet users face multiple risks when hackers intercept their sensitive information, particularly when hackers can monitor your online activities and exploit personal data. Think about that for a moment. Cyber actors have tools available that let them virtually stand over your shoulder and read everything you do online. To mitigate cyber threats, itโ€™s critical to take active measures to lock down your online security.

A VPN and What it Does

An effective tool to safeguard your information at home and within business is the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). In this article, we will delve into the importance of internet safety and show how VPNs can enhance your online security.

A VPN creates a secure and encrypted connection between your device and the internet. By using a VPN, all internet traffic passes through a private network before reaching its final destination. This process not only strengthens security but also ensures the anonymity and privacy of online activities.

The benefits of using VPNs are wide-ranging:

Privacy Protection

A VPN encrypts your internet traffic, making it practically impossible for anyone to monitor your online activities. This is vital when using public Wi-Fi networks, like those found in coffee shops, airports, or hotels. Your home Internet may have an encryption key to limit break-ins, yet your Internet Protocol (IP) address and location is still available. That information gives hackers insight to get through to your system. The public-Wi-Fi networks noted above are wide open and using them can be an expensive gamble.

The guy sitting alone on the other side of the coffee shop might have access to a private letter or email you wrote to someone you care about, or copying your banking login.

Data Security

VPNs create a secure tunnel for your data to flow through, protecting it from interception by cybercriminals. This is important when transmitting sensitive information, like passwords, banking details, or personal documents.

Anonymity

VPNs mask your IP address, replacing it with the address of the VPN server you connect to. This serves to anonymize your online presence, making it difficult for anyone to trace your activities back to your actual physical location or identity.

Geo-Spoofing

VPNs allow users to change their virtual location by connecting to servers in different countries. One of the key advantages of GEO-spoofing is the ability to bypass geo-restrictions imposed by various websites, streaming platforms, or governments. Some websites might withhold or show different content from foreign IP addresses. From a research perspective, using a VPN server in or near the website country might prevent the blocking of content.

Protection Against Tracking

Many websites and online services track your browsing habits, collecting data for targeted advertisements. VPNs can block such tracking attempts and allow you better privacy and control over your online experience.

Choose a Reputable VPN Provider

While VPNs offer valuable security benefits, it is essential to choose a reputable and reliable service provider. Free VPN services might offer convenience, but they often come with limitations and potential privacy concerns. Paid VPN services offer more robust protection, better performance, and stricter privacy policies.

Here is an updated article, โ€œProtect Yourself with a VPN – How to Get Startedโ€. The article discusses 7 important features and then highlights 3 Top-performing VPN services that are inexpensive.

Last Word

By understanding the significance of internet safety and employing VPN services, you can navigate the online world with confidence, knowing your personal information is secure. Compared to the overall population, few people are fully informed about the importance of a VPN, while others take a gamble that they will never be targeted.

UPDATE: Since publishing this article, a reader shared his experiences with me after being hacked. In a matter of hours, he lost over $7,100 when he went to a public Wi-Fi spot when a hacker looked into his unprotected network. Weeks later, a home equity loan in his name was thwarted by a fortunate call to confirm info. Hereโ€™s his story (Click Here)

In some cases for only $2-$3 a month, you can save you and your family thousands of dollars in losses.

About Anthony M. Davis

Anthony M. Davis is a Certified Leadership, Success and Stress Coach. He is a clinically trained Board Certified Hypnotherapist.

He has earned a national reputation for his Transformative Life Centering work with clients from across the nation. His unique approach helps clients remove underlying fears and triggers, and then, through coaching, helps them pursue and accomplish life and career goals.

He provides coaching and hypnotherapy sessions remotely through Zoom. If you have challenges youโ€™d like resolved, contact him HERE to create the life change you desire.

In a Prior Career…

Immediately following 9/11, Mr. Davis was the creator and publisher of the Homeland Security Report (before there was a Dept. of Homeland Security). His audience was law enforcement, first responders, and security professionals reaching thousands of readers across the U.S. He published the HSR for 12-years before focusing on global sciences & technology, and cyber.

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