Keep the government and hackers off your data

What is a VPN?

Get secure and private access to the internet

A VPN service provides you a secure, encrypted tunnel for online traffic to flow. Nobody can see through the tunnel and get their hands on your internet data. NordVPN is the best VPN if you’re looking for a peace of mind when you use public Wi-Fi, access personal and work accounts on the road, or want to keep your browsing history to yourself.

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Why is online privacy so important?

The internet always getting bigger, and when even your toaster’s getting online it’s easier than ever to have your entire life exposed. These days, everything we do is online. We google it, snap it, filter it, WhatsApp it — the list is endless. And the risk of exposure is higher than ever. Your browsing history, habits and behavior are all tracked and stored by ISPs, be it for government requirements or to sell to advertisers.

Your personal information should be just that. Personal. And because it’s personal, it’s important you’re able to limit others from sharing, selling, and tracking it. The consequences of not protecting your personal data on the internet can be dire. Without protecting your privacy, you’re wide open to attacks from cyber criminals, tracking by ISPs, advertisers targeting you, and government surveillance.

Why is this a bad thing? Well, it doesn’t take very much for a cyber criminal to be able to steal your identity. A few basic pieces of your personal data can give them ways to access your online banking accounts, credit card details and private information in seconds.

Having your ISP track your browsing history means they are aware of every site you access online: they can view your personal preferences on what you read, view and surf. And shouldn’t what you do on the internet be your business only?

And if you think it’s OK for the government to know what you’re up to, you may not have thought it all the way through. Government restrictions on what is deemed acceptable behavior online can change at any time. If the government decides tomorrow something is illegal, they can use the access they have to your browsing history to persecute you. Do you still want your government to be able to track and access all your internet browsing habits?

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How does a VPN work?

When you download VPN software to your device, it does most of the work for you — you only

need to log in and connect. However, it’s useful to know how a VPN works to understand the service better.

When you connect to a virtual private network service, it creates an encrypted “tunnel” over the internet. That secures the data traveling between you and your destination — anything from a search engine to an online banking account.

This tunnel is created by first authenticating your client with a VPN server. The server then applies an encryption protocol to all data you send and receive.

To ensure each data packet stays secure, a VPN wraps it in an outer packet, which is then encrypted through encapsulation. It keeps the data safe during transfer, and it is the core element of the VPN tunnel. When the data arrives at the server, the outer packet is removed through a decryption process.

VPNs make it safe to use Public Wifi. Here’s why

Free Wi-Fi is awesome, am I right? WRONG. Yes it’s free, but in reality you’re paying a lot more than you think.

Let’s break it down (literally, it’s SO easy to break down a public Wi-Fi network): it’s insecure, anyone can access it, and if they know a couple of hacking tricks (which are readily available online, FYI) then bam! They’re in. Which means they can see, track, and hack all the info you’re sharing on that network.

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