Nowadays, there’s a lot going around about online secrecy, security, anonymity, theft of bank details and personal info… and a whole lot more. For instance, did you know that you could decide to take advantage of McDonald’s free wifi while supping on a coffee… and someone else, with a gizmo like the Hak5 Pineapple, could snaffle all your data right out of the air. And if you’d engaged in online shopping or banking, or even just putting in a password, your economic and personal freedom could possibly be stolen!
Of course, these “man-in-the-middle” attacks are nothing new. But as tech like the pineapple gets more sophisticated, and cheaper, there are more and more evil computer-aided villains out there willing to sit near free hotspots waiting for a non-security-minded person to get tangled in their web of deceit. In fact, these crooks don’t necessarily need a laptop to carry out these attacks – a smart phone will do much of the time. And think about it, how many bods with smart phones do you see in McDonald’s, Burger King’s, Subway, etc etc? That’s a lot of potential crime… and as anyone who’s suffered this before will tell you, re-securing your bank and other details is no laughing matter!
One way round these criminals is with the use of a Virtual Private Network (or VPN). When you’re connected to the wev via a VPN, all your outgoing and incoming data is encrypted, meaning that a potential eacesdropper can’t make heads or tails out of anything you send or receive. An excellent VPN service provider is ibVPN (invisible browser VPN). You can get a free trial, it increases your online privacy and securely unblocks geo-restricted websites (eg you can watch BBC iPlayer even when you’re not in Britain, if you use a Brit-based server). You can choose from +95 VPN servers in 39 countries, 63 locations, including servers set up for p2p (bittorrent etc) traffic. You can surf the internet completely anonymously – hence the name “invisible browser”. And their online support is extremely good – they have helped me out in the past, figuring our the most baffling problems.
Despite what you may hear on the news, enccryption and secrecy is not just for perverts, crooks or the paranoid. In fact, that kind of thinking actually helps the crooks, putting you off using this technology to save you from criminals.
Believe me, sending an unencrypted email is like sening a letter on a postcard – easily read by anyone who can get his or her paws on it. And with the scanning tech available, just about anyone can get a look. Yes, you might not mind sending a “wish you were here” postcard to your mates when on holiday… but would you send sensitive info on the back of a postcard? I know I wouldn’t.
Don’t fall prey to the crooks. Use a service like a VPN. And if you choose to use a VPN, ibVPN is a very good option. They provide a very good service.
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