Tech Thursday - VPN's

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology uses encryption to allow you to use the internet as if you were on a private network
  • The encrypted connection is often referred to as a "tunnel"
  • A VPN helps protect anonymity and security, especially on public Wi-Fi networks
  • Only you, the VPN service, and the website you’re visiting will know what you’re up to
  • You should consider the logging policies of the VPN provider. From a privacy perspective, less logging is better
  • Many corporations require remote users to use a VPN to work remotely because data sent from a client to a server is encrypted in transmission There are VPN services for personal use. They send your encrypted network traffic to a server operated by the VPN provider
  • In addition to keeping your data secure, your real IP address or location is protected because anyone snooping will merely see the IP address and location of the VPN server
  • If you're sending sensitive information, consider using encryption software to secure the data before it's put on the Internet. This will provide an additional level of security
  • Things to consider when looking for a VPN provider include factors such as including number of server locations, client software, dedicated and dynamic IP, bandwidth caps, security, logging, customer support, price and support for multiple devices and operating systems 
  • Most VPN services allow you to connect up to five devices with a single account
  • While you can pay for premium VPN services, there are many free VPN services 
  • There are some downsides to side to free VPN services:
    • Some may collect and sell your data
    • Some may impose a bandwidth cap
    • Some may restrict performance
    • Some may subject you to ads
  • A recent study found that an alarmingly high number of VPN services offered for Android are little more than malware
  • Researchers at the University of South Wales in Australia, found that 38% of Android VPNs are infected with malware, 18% don't have encryption and 75% track user activity
  • One thing to look for is VPN providers that use OpenVPN, a tested open source standard
  • Nord, IPVanish and CyberGhost made four separate best of lists:
  • You should thoroughly vet any VPN service you use
  • Be sure to read and understand the Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Policy
  • Check the local laws before using a VPN in China, Russia, Turkey, or any country with with repressive internet policies.
  • You can learn more about OpenVPN here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenVPN
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