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Why your computer is an open book !
Would you want anyone to read your diary or journal?
Would you like it if anyone could check your online wish lists at Amazon?
Or browse through your home movies, favorite pictures of your kids, emails or bank statements?
Of course not!
We all need and deserve a certain amount of privacy. Many countries have very specific laws about privacy. Yet it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain it.
The internet began as a place for the sharing and use of free information and it has grown beyond what many could have dreamed at that time. But it comes with a cost, protecting your personal data for your own safety. You don’t have to be a computer genius, a code slicer or hacker to find out the details of your personal life, financial information or passwords. Now, an eight year old could find this with no real difficulty.
Think of your IP address as…exactly what it is,… Your Online Address. Even with Firewalls, Anti-spyware programs ( Malwarebytes is my choice) and all of the other methods of keeping your information safe, there are still times when you are vulnerable,… while you are actively online. Whether it’s researching, work, or streaming movies and games, your live connection points directly to who and where you are.
Here are a few examples.
This list can go on and on.
And Just to show you a bit of what I mean
So how does an honest person keep their privacy?
V.P.N’s can help you keep a level of real privacy online
Virtual Private Networks; no longer a luxury for governments, corporations, techno-freaks or the highly paranoid web surfer with a dubious browser history, the increased global surveillance of ordinary citizens makes it an indispensable product for today’s Internet user.
What is a Virtual Private Network?
“A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.
Virtual Private Networks may allow employees to securely access a corporate intranet while located outside the office. They are used to securely connect geographically separated offices of an organization, creating one cohesive network. Individual Internet users may secure their wireless transactions with a VPN, to circumvent geo-restrictions and censorship, or to connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting personal identity and location. However, some Internet sites block access to known VPN technology to prevent the circumvention of their geo-restrictions.
A VPN is created by establishing a virtual point-to-point connection through the use of dedicated connections, virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption. A VPN available from the public Internet can provide some of the benefits of a wide area network (WAN). From a user perspective, the resources available within the private network can be accessed remotely. ” REF https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network
Simply, a VPN is a method for you to connect to the internet, browsing a bit more safely. It creates a virtual “Mask” on your I.P. address and connects to the sites you want without letting the whole world know your information. It works in the background just like your firewall and antivirus programs. And just like those programs, VPN’s are just added protection.
Nothing is perfect. Does anyone that remembers the commercial for “LifeLock” when they first opened for business, the C.E.O Todd Davis was so sure that his identification was safe.
“LifeLock CEO’s Identity was stolen 13 times!”
But that what you get when you paint a target on yourself and post your Social Security number everywhere. lol.
“Lifelock promised in ads that its $10 monthly service would protect consumers from identity theft. The company also offered a $1 million guarantee to compensate customers for losses incurred if they became a victim after signing up for the service. The FTC called the claims bogus and accused LifeLock of operating a scam. In truth, the protection they provided left such a large hole … that you could drive that truck through it,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, referring to a LifeLock TV ad showing a truck painted with Davis’s Social Security number driving around city streets.”
This was a great article in WIRED Magizine, click on the reference link to see the whole thing. So sad, you have to laugh.
I think that like most things, the best way to avoid problems is to do much of the work yourself. I assume that most of you reading this article are not intentionally daring every hacker in the world to come find to by giving out your personal info. Right? Good.
So if you have made it this far, here is the pay off, the grand conclusion. Congratulations!
I have spent some time check into VPN, free vs paid. I recommend you doing the same.
What? You might be asking? No sale? No Answer to my I-Don’t have a VPN- problem?!
I could recommend one for you to try, and will because I like it.
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Windscribe is two part, VPN and Ad blocker. It has both a free and paid version and works with PC and MAC.
I found this after having tried several different kinds. Some were simple websites you log into, then browse from their own search engine, others worked like browser extensions with dubious results. Windscribe is simple to install, it does have a extension for your Google Chrome or Windows I.E. if you want it or can easily run in the background…like a good program should. I’ll let them do their selling for themselves.