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Any information that you send over the Internet can be seen by anyone with a few tools and the desire to know. Credit Card details are popular targets because they are used on many websites, often stored, and can be taken advantage of immediately and without a trace.
A Secure VPN Protects You
A secure VPN creates a private tunnel where your data is encrypted and sent securely to its destination. Depending on the VPN type – protocols used, point of encryption, and authentication levels – the privacy and protection can remain solid from you all the way to the other end of the connection.
Many of us do a bunch of tasks online, from checking account balances to making utilities payments to booking air passage to purchasing items. Most of the time we don’t really have the time to sit down and complete these tasks in succession, so we often find ourselves getting them out of the way when we stop for coffee or wait in line at the pharmacy. This means we are using WiFi hotspots that are totally open. But then again even a WPA encrypted home WiFi network isn’t safe because the data would only be protected for a fraction of the journey. Your ISP would be able to read it, and anyone who has tapped into it can, too.
You wouldn’t read out your ATM PIN while making a withdrawal on a busy street corner or dictate your credit card number to a vendor on your mobile while riding the bus or leave cash in an envelope on the counter of your local grocer. Well, using unencrypted connections is the very same thing. Using a secure VPN is like going into a private room and making your transaction there, confident that your data is secure so that your payment goes to the right place and nowhere else.
Before giving out your credit card number, you might take a look around first to make sure the curtains are closed and there are no vents that may carry your voice, right? Before selecting a VPN provider, it is wise to make sure there are no leaks in their tunnel.
A secure VPN should cover not just the path from your device to the local network or hotspot, but from there to the ISP, through the Internet and to the VPN server. Most VPNs do not encrypt data passed from their servers back through the Internet and to the other end, but in reality leaks at this point happen only very rarely.
If you want to be absolutely protected, using HTTPS is the only way to secure the transfer from one end all the way to the other. If the website you are giving credit card details to does not use SSL, then you need a VPN that does. The most secure would be a service that uses OpenVPN, like VPN Express. It uses SSL based OpenVPN, and OpenSSL encryption. This way, no matter where you shop or check your balance or make payments, your credit card details will not fall into the hands of snoopers and thieves.