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Protect yourself with a VPN

In my last article, I talked about spyware and how easy it is to get caught and accidentally install these insidious applications on your computer.  No worries, it does happen to the best of us.

In the next article, I will talk about how to test your system for spyware and also how to get rid of it.  But this time, I want to talk about adding to your online security with the aid of a good VPN or virtual private network.

First off, I have to say that not everyone is going to need nor want to go to this degree of using a VPN.  But a lot of people – for many different reasons – are using a good VPN service, or at least should be.

So what does a VPN do for my security?  Well, the focus of this site is talking about spyware, malware, adware and the like.  And a VPN will not stop these apps from being installed.  Only being vigilant and using the right set of tools will stop that.  A VPN can give you piece of mind in a different way – it will cover your tracks while on the internet, essentially hiding your viewing habits from prying eyes outside of your control.

Using a good VPN service like Expressvpn or Torguard in conjunction with your ‘incognito’ (Chrome) or ‘private’ (Firefox) window will make your browsing invisible not only to people within your household or business but also to outside eyes like the NSA or other government agencies.  It also stops sites like Google and many other from tracking your browsing habits and serving you up ads based on your browsing history.

A lot of people, even if they are not doing anything ‘wrong’ still like to know that they are secure and not being watched, even if being watched is only by computers wanting to serve you up annoying ads.  Don’t kid yourself – every single mouseclick and keystroke you perform on the internet is recorded to one degree or another.  That is not to say that these companies or agencies will know every single step you take, but they can and will know enough about you to guess your age, sex, marital status, shopping habits and will also know exactly where you live.  Not down to the street address mind you, but close enough for discomfort.  They will know far more about you than you are likely comfortable with and definitely a lot more than you know about them.

By using one of these VPN services along with an incognito window allows you the freedom to do basically anything you want on the internet without fear of being tracked.  With most VPN services you can choose from a massive list of servers all over the world, so you can choose to appear as if you are browsing from Saudi Arabia or Germany  or Australia all with a couple of clicks of the mouse.  No one – not even you internet provider – can or will know what you are doing.  For a lot of people this is well worth the small monthly or annual cost for the piece of mind.  I know for myself, I have been using a VPN service for a couple of years now and while I don’t use it all the time, I love the fact that when I am using it I am totally anonymous.

In this article, I have focused on the security aspects of using a VPN.  In future articles, I will talk about other great benefits of using a VPN such as P2P sharing and online services like Netflix and Hulu.  In the meantime, please feel free to start a discussion by leaving a comment below.  I love to hear from my readers and welcome all comments.

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