Most times we think of Virtual Private Networks (vpn), we even think of bigger corporations using them to provide their employees secure remote access to the corporate network and its resources. But don’t forget that VPNs aren’t just for big corporations users anymore. At the comfort of your home, you can also take advantage of the great security features provided by VPNs. But the big question is, why would you want to use a Personal VPN service?
You need a personal VPN service because it creates a huge barrier for hackers trying to access your computer. This barrier is essentially a wall of strong encryption that protects all the network traffic entering or leaving your computer. By having your personal VPN, you’re simply frustrating the hacker’s ability to hack your computer network secretly.
Benefits associated with you having your personal VPN service includes:
1. Encrypted connection prevents hacking
. Most VPN services allow you to encrypt your traffic when traveling with your mobile or computer devices so that everything you do is encrypted and private, even when you’re on an open public Wi-Fi hotspot. It is easy for a hacker to jack your connection since most hotspots do not use wireless encryption and thereby allow him to see what you are up to if you are using the wide-open in store Wi-Fi. But let me ask you a question, have you ever been at a coffee shop and saw a creepy looking guy (though they look innocent at times) with a laptop? He could be using a special software to listen secretly on anyone in the area who is using the wide-open in store Wi-Fi.
2. Anonymous Browsing
. One of the stylish features of a personal VPN service is anonymous browsing. We most times use intermediate VPN servers to connect to the internet, the websites you visit under normal circumstances can’t see your true IP address. They can only see the address of the VPN proxy server that you are connected to. If not all, but most VPN services allow you to switch this IP address multiple times per month and some may automatically switch it for you every so often.
But this doesn’t give you a free pass to do illegal things or visit illegal sites as digital forensics type hackers could still track you down and potentially subpoena ISP and VPN service provider records to see your actions.
3. Access your home country’s network as if you were in the country
If you are the type that travels abroad, you probably might have noticed that browsing sites that are located in your home country can be difficult because some countries filter traffic based on the geographical location of the IP address that you are using.
Most sites are entirely blocked, even some video and music sites may be blocked due to your country specific license agreements. This is where you might need help. But VPN use of an IP from your home country may possibly allow you to access content as if you were in your home country. This may more may not be permitted depending on the content providers policies.
How do you obtain and setup a VPN service?
Are you wondering how to obtain and set up your personal Virtual Private Networks (VPN)? well, with this guide I’m going to give you, you will be able to obtain and setup a VPN service, make sure to follow this guide carefully:
1. Choose a service provider
First of all, choose a service provider because there are tons of VPN service providers out there. Some of the more well-known ones include: WiTopia and StrongVPN to name a few. Prices of services can vary widely and range from about $10 to $20 or more per month or so. Don’t be hasty, take your time to check out user reviews to see the pros and cons of each before selecting one. Key factors that you need to consider are; speed, VPN server locations, availability of bandwidth, etc.
2. Install and configure the service provider’s VPN client
Secondly, your service provider may have client software that you may need to install on your computer in order to use their VPN service. They also provide you with configuration details on how to setup VPN on mobile devices (only if the provider supports this). Some providers will even allow you to install their VPN service directly on your VPN-capable wireless router. Installation at the router level is one of the best solutions for home use because the router performs all the encryption and decryption which frees up computer resources for other tasks. Another benefit of VPN service installed at the router is that all your devices won’t have to be specially configured to use the VPN.
The downside of using a VPN is the delay associated with the encryption / decryption process. Websites might not be as lightning fast to load up as they were before you added the VPN service. It’s up to you whether the delay is acceptable or not. You can decide to try before you buy because most VPN services offer free trials.
You want to know why this matters so much?
It matters a lot because you typically keep the same IP address for long periods of time and likely perform searches that personally identify yourself, for example your name and your address. If you’re like most people that perform searches that, if taken out of context, might be embarrassing. When these personally recognized searches are indexed to IP addresses that are rarely changed and stored for an unspecified length of time, along with potentially thousands of other searches you’ve made, the bad news is that your privacy is lost.
You can even restore your privacy while performing Internet searches. When your VPN service is connected, only our IP address can be captured while your real IP address and location is completely protected and secure.
Ways a hacker can get you easily
1. You use Wi-Fi Hotspots.
Wi-Fi Hotspots, whether paid or free, are horrifically insecure. You are literally broadcasting all of your data “in the clear” with typically no security. This can include your IM messages, e-mail, web searches, and any other data sent or received over the wireless network.
It is shockingly easy for anyone to “sniff” and capture your data without your knowledge. Due to the ease of the crime, and the fact Wi-Fi Hotspots are typically frequented by folks with a little change in their pocket, a Wi-Fi Hotspot is an inviting place for creepy guys to escape without being suspected.
One common means to archive a goal is something called the “evil twin” attack where the creepy guy sets up a laptop appearing to exist as a legal Wi-Fi Hotspot. You connect to the Internet through “FREE Airport Wi-Fi” — or anything the creepy guy wishes to call it — and although all seems fine you are actually sending all of your data through a hacker’s laptop.
But with VPN services like WiTopia Overplay and StrongVPN, you could even connect through the hacker’s laptop and all they would be able to capture is a lot of encrypted nonsense they will never be able to crack.
You have a company-issued VPN but don’t wish to use it for personal business.
When you use your employer’s VPN, typically all your online activity is tracked by default. Also, using your employer’s bandwidth and IP addresses for personal business is likely to be a violation of your company’s policies.
2. You sometimes use the Internet at hotels or other shared hospitality or public networks.
Dangers of connecting from over public networks are not limited to wireless. Note that when you connect to the Internet from a hotel room or other public Wi-Fi, even over a wired connection, your data stream can be captured by any other user of that same network.