Nowadays there’s more and more talk about internet security, and for a good reason too. There were times when everyone thought that cyber-attacks (invasion of personal internet security) can only happen to famous people, government officials, and such. With the advancement of technology, hackers now have the means to dig deeper than ever before, unraveling our personal information to the extent where they can impersonate us and financially bleed us dry.
Now, since the purpose of this article isn’t to simply scare you into realizing that you’re a target as well, let’s talk a bit about your means of defense against such online threats.
Definition of virtual privacy
Basically, let’s take a step back and define privacy before we attribute it with ‘online’ in the first place. A person’s privacy is a personal sphere, the one which we allow or do not allow people in. Anyone who is not allowed inside but is found in it is trespassing. Simple, right? That means that you can choose who enters it and who remains outside of its borders.
The situation is slightly different with online security. Namely, the laws allow you to sue everyone who is harassing you, anyone who is assaulting your virtual private sphere, but what about the people that are invading it without you even realizing it?
The worst thing about cyber attacks it the fact that they almost exclusively happen without the victim ever realizing it. Someone might infiltrate your PC with malware and spyware and it could take months for you to realize that something wrong is happening.
That being said, we can figuratively picture such a scenario as having flimsy doors and rusty locks, the ones that wouldn’t keep the burglars away from our home. The cable network is a rusty lock, and your provider is peeking through the doors. Knowing this, what should you do?
If you value your sécurité internet, one of the best things you could do is get a VPN – a virtual private network. Not only will you take out the middle man who keeps tabs on every single action you’ve taken online since you’ve logged on, but you will also reinforce your vie privée internet with sturdy locks and sheet-metal doors.
It would be as if you were in a bunker, and the scenario greatly resembles actual physical security and privacy – you decide who goes on, but better yet, if you wish it, no one can enter.
Virtual Private Networks are the latest letters in technology in terms of software that completely barricades their owner. They’re very simple to use, just as much as regular cable networks, but there’s a huge difference between them.
VPNs are not traceable – even the VPN providers do not know which sites you’ve been browsing, there are no means for them to acquire your personal data, but there are actually mechanisms that spring up in case an intruder comes knocking at your door. The ‘killswitch’ feature is one of the best VPN features – in case of a cyberattack, the connection immediately dies, cutting all the ties and intruders in an instant.