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Recent revelations about government-sponsored NSA snooping has made it clear to internet users all over the country that everything we do online is being recorded. But hackers were around long before the NSA started spying. And they know how to access all the personal data that everyday internet users unsuspectingly throw at them.
A VPN Connection Secures Your Identity Online
When any user goes online, there is a trail left behind. You could be doing a Google search for diet tips, storing your vacation photos online, uploading documents to your email, or accessing your bank account. Internet users may take more care when doing the latter, but it does not make much difference. The more innocent the activity seems, the less aware users are of the dangers. But no matter what they do on the internet, their personal information goes with it.
A whole range of software has been developed to gather, categorize, and store the data left in the wake of any internet activity. The data can even be made publicly searchable. Much of the data collection that goes on is hidden from users. Other data collection is masked by explanations of its use for user benefit, like making online searches more targeted, or for user protection. Regardless of the reasons, any user data that is gathered and stored poses a potential risk to these users. It is clear that the government cannot help when it faces its own online security issues, and when government agencies themselves are involved in massive user data collection and archiving.
Databases are hacked on a regular basis, and all we hear is how companies were able to catch the leak before much data was taken, and how the data stolen was not sensitive in nature. But we should all know by now that data doesn’t need to be sensitive for snoopers to find it useful for their sinister purposes. Absolutely any type of personal information can be manipulated to launch an attack that is ultimately aimed at doing financial damage to innocent individuals.
One effective solution to independently protecting privacy online is a VPN connection. VPNs have been around for a long time, and the technologies developed for secure data transfers and online anonymity keep getting better. The information that your IP address alone can give away about you is enough reason to use a VPN to hide it from detection. From your name, location and ISP, it is not far for experienced snoopers to go to obtain your browsing preferences, history, and login codes.
With a VPN connection, you get a private, secure channel for all the data you send over the internet. No one but you and the person or site you are connecting to can see your data. The VPN server that your data gets routed through shields you further by showing its IP address instead of yours. A VPN service that does not keep logs of your activities is even more secure. Privacy should be a top concern to protect against your personal information leaking out.
When you have a good VPN connection, your data and online activities are kept private as long as you remain connected. This way, you alone have control over your information and how it is shared. And you don’t have to be tech savvy to get a secure VPN connection. There are services available that will have you download and install a software application that is very easy to use.