Using a VPN is a great way to keep your browsing secure by hiding your IP address. Business Insider rate getting a VPN as a top way to protect yourself from hackers:
“Any data you enter using a VPN is generally protected from outsider being able to intercept and understand it.”
When you are surfing the web using a public WiFi, VPNs can protect you from hackers that lurk on these networks when you’re using the internet in your local coffee shop. Cassie Phillips, of Hacked.com says:
“A VPN is the best and sometimes only way that you can protect yourself against this particular threat [hacking on public WiFi]”
What’s great about VPNs, is that not only do they protect you from hackers, but they also protect you from the government tracking your computer location. There’s a big worry about governments tracing and watching every move we make on the internet.
Private WiFi suggests that “It’s a good rule of thumb to assume that everything you do online can be viewed by others”.
This lack of privacy and ‘big brother’s watching’ idea has cause for concern. If you are concerned, then a VPN will mean you can’t be seen or traced, due to VPNs encryption tactics. Even if your data does get intercepted and VPN use is detected, then your identity is still protected, because a VPN hides your IP address.
VPNs can however be blocked. Common places that put firewalls in place to block VPN use are:
– Your place of work
– Schools/ College/ University
– Certain Countries
– Public WiFi
These places want to monitor your internet usage, so they put VPN blocks in place. Sort of making the statement; ‘If you’re under my roof you’ll play by my rules’. Fortunately, there are ways to bypass firewalls, to regain your privacy and security. VPN University suggest that there are two major ways to bypass firewalls:
1. Run OpenVPN on port 443 – This is an encryption tool used every time you access a website with any sensitive data stored (bank account, etc). OpenVPN is the best VPN to use for this, simply switch the port # to 443 and consider yourself secure.
2. StealthVPN – If you choose a VPN service that has stealth technology, then it can make data unrecognizable, bypassing firewalls.
VPN University also add that if you want extra security, you could run your VPN through a tor browser. But if you’re just the average Joe looking for a little privacy, this is probably not necessary.
One very quick way to prevent your information getting hacked, bypass firewalls, and stop your VPN being detected, is simple. Don’t do any browsing in work, school, or coffee shops that contains your personal data. Save your secure searching for in your home, then if you have a VPN service, you run no risk of it being tracked, raced, hacked or blocked.
Activated security is very popular when you’re on other people’s internet, so be careful.