The importance of using a VPN

VPN's are important, even if you feel you have nothing to hide.

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. Some people think that only hackers and those who are up to no good use them to hide what they are doing online. That is far from the truth, in fact, many more people than you would think use them. I personally always use one when I am on public wifi, or pretty much any wifi that is not my home network. Sometimes I even use my VPN on my home network, just to keep my ISP from snooping on me.

How do I get a VPN?

There are a lot of FREE VPN services, but some are shady, so be careful if you decide to use one of them. I recommend using one of the VPN's found at Privacytools.io I personally use Mullvad
and have for over a year now. The cost is fairly inexpensive and it's easy to use.

What if I don't have anything to hide?

Due to a recently passed law, your Internet Service Providers can now sell all of your browsing history to advertising companies. Even though most of what you do online may not be anything you consider particularly "Private" once it is out there for all to see, you can't reverse it. Far better to be overly cautious than to be relaxed and unconcerned when it comes to security. If you want to get a better idea of why I am so concerned about privacy, go read Future Crimes by Marc Goodman, it will blow your mind!

Have a question?

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have, I am always available to help. dennis@thecommongeek.com