In the early days of wireless technology and providing internet services, I recall being shown with the right tool how easy it was to see what people were doing. We were in charge of figuring out how to secure the network, in case you were wondering. Things have likely improved from 17 years ago, but the quick demonstration was rather disturbing. I saw where people were going (i.e. websites) and what they were buying all in live time. Now I didn’t know where the people browsing lived or anything like that, but the information being submitted was displaying on the screen. Very scary, but it has always stuck out in my mind as how easy it can be to get ones data. Flash forward today and things are a lot more secure (thankfully). However, there are new tools and tricks out there to get your info so why not make it even more difficult to obtain?
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, can be a great tool to have when using the internet. What is VPN? Well as whatismyip.com puts it,
VPN is a method used to add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet. VPNs are most often used by corporations to protect sensitive data. However, using a personal VPN is increasingly becoming more popular as more interactions that were previously face-to-face transition to the Internet.
If you find your self shopping online or passing along sensitive information (e.g. insurance information, credit card accounts, banking), then you may want to consider having a VPN service. It is actually something I am considering having on my desktop and laptop computers. I do actually have one for my mobile device and for good reason.
Public wifi tends to be open and not always secured. In some instances you when connect to a public wifi and tap accept to connect, a warning informs you of this possible weakness (read the fine print). How do you combat this weakness? Grab a VPN for your mobile device. This way information you send, like in an email or text message, is encrypted. It keeps your data and information safe from potential hackers.
What do I currently use on my mobile device? I use PureVPN. It is free for some basic features as I am testing it and seeing how it goes. So far, I really like it and with a 2GB a month limit of data (before you have to pay for the pro version) it meets my basic needs. If you are interested, then I recommend going over to PC Mag and checking out the latest reviews on the 2017 lineup of VPN providers. This isn’t for everyone, but it is something to think about. Do further research on your own to see if this is for you and what would be the best one.