Does it make you nervous when you consider how much of your personal information is essentially spread all over the internet? In spite of antivirus programs and firewalls, all data is somewhat at risk on the web.
One of the most proven techniques to ensure your data is safe is to use a virtual private network (VPN), which will give you back control over how you’re identified online.
Check out this video to learn more:
How Does A VPN Work?
A VPN creates a secure tunnel for your data to transit the Internet, using a network of private servers.
When you use a VPN, your data is encrypted, or hidden, as it moves from your device to the VPN and then continues onto the Internet through what’s called an exit node. A VPN creates the appearance that your data is coming from the VPN server, not from your device.
Therefore, it’s harder for an attacker to identify you as the source of the data. Even if attackers can intercept your data, the encryption means the attackers can’t understand your data or use it to their advantage.
When you put your data out to the VPN server, it exits back out to the public internet. If the site you’re visiting has HTTPS to keep the connection safe, you are still secure.
But even if it was intercepted by a third party, it’s challenging for the outside party to trace the data back to you, since it appears to be coming from a VPN server.
How To Find The Right VPN For You?
There are a number of VPNs available for you to choose from, ranging in capabilities and price points. In order to find the right one for you, be sure to answer the following questions:
- What’s the cost of the VPN service?
- What encryption and tunneling protocols are used? Some protocols offer increased levels of protection.
- What logs does the VPN keep?
- Where is the VPN hosted?
- How many devices can you use per account?
- How many exit nodes does the VPN provider maintain? Where are they located?
- What happens if the VPN service goes down?