These days there is no denying that more and more people are starting to log in online. The numbers are growing bigger all of the time and it does not seem to be slowing down. But while it may seem like everyone who is ever going to be online is already there, that simply is not the case. Out of the world’s population of 8 billion or so people, only 2.6 billion of those people have internet access. So as you can see there is still plenty of room to grow.
But with the growth of people still coming online, privacy starts to become more and more important. For every new person who logs in there is another person who has to learn the rules when it comes to protecting themselves online. And it is getting to the point that these days if you want to be able to protect yourself the right way then you need to get a little more advanced in your technical knowledge.
That is why we are starting to see the explosion of the use of devices such as a VPN. If you do not know, the letters VPN stand for Virtual Private Network. It is the service that allows you to hide your online activity from anyone who is trying to snoop on you. And these days there are definitely a lot of people who are trying to snoop on you. It may not seem like it but your information is important and there are people who are going to try and do whatever they can to be able to get at it.
How can a VPN protect you?
Like we said earlier in the article, a VPN protects you by hiding your true bandwidth data. It routes your information from one server to another. The website that you visit will see one IP address while you are visiting from a completely different one. Now if someone is trying to see where you are visiting while you surf the web, they will not be able to without being able to do some extensive researching on your activities. Your protection becomes even doubled if you use some kind of encryption software also. This encryption software will scramble the data that you are looking at so that only you will be able to see it.
These days there is a real need for services such as this. And we are not just talking about from the bad guys. The so called good guys are starting to want more information about you as well. The different governments around the world are trying to spy on their citizens more often than they used to. They are citing security concerns but some people do not believe it. It is up to you to decide how much you want to sacrifice privacy for security and with a VPN you can do just that.
A VPN service is just what the doctor ordered if you do not want your everyday movements tracked online. But do not think that just because you are behind a VPN that you are completely hidden. If you do something illegal enough then people who try hard will be able to find you. A VPN is not a get out of jail free pass. You still have to follow the rules or you will be caught.
Online privacy is a serious matter and something that you should really think about. You do not want just anyone to be able to track your movements online.
Usnig a VPN yet? – May setting out plans to monitor internet use in the UK bbc.in/M68kFV
— Lee (@Security_FAQs) June 14, 2012