How a VPN Can Increase Your Cybersecurity
A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a method often used by corporations to “add security and privacy to private and public networks, like WiFi Hotspots and the Internet.” To easily explain this idea, check out the video below:
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VPNs have been around for about a decade, but it has been in the public eye in the past five years as social unrest in other countries and geoblocking has made VPN usage a necessity for people in these areas in order to share videos, pictures, and content about the situations they are currently living in. For example, in 2013, when unrest broke out in Turkey, VPNs were the only way people could access the Internet to air their grievances. With extensive monitoring in China, many people in that area also require VPNs in order to gain access to certain websites, like Facebook and Google.
When should you use a VPN? For starters, use a VPN anytime you are using an Internet connection that may not be fully secure. For example, if you’re at an airport or a coffeehouse, there’s no way to know that Internet connection is not being spied on. Using a VPN allows you to retain your anonymity.
Even if you are unsure or trusting of the network, it may not be a bad idea to use a VPN anytime you are going access personal or sensitive information. You may trust the library’s WiFi connection, but what if it faults? What if someone is accessing the WiFi and can see what you are doing? Do you want him or her to see you checking your bank account, paying your bills, or reading your email? In these cases, it may be better to be safe than sorry, and use a VPN.
Another time you may want to use VPNs is if you are abroad. As previously stated, some countries restrict certain websites or deny usage of certain applications. For example, many people are not able to access Spotify or Netflix in Europe. By using a VPN, these sites and apps can be accessed even in geolocations where they are forbidden.
In conclusion, a VPN used when accessing the Internet can increase your cybersecurity and reduce your risk of privacy infringement. If your company is looking for more ways to amp up your cybersecurity, Heart may be the right fit for you! Call 309.427.7000 today to set up an appointment to discover all that Heart can offer.