The three-letter alias “VPN” is a buzzword, but what is it? It stands for Virtual Private Network, and it’s a concept that has been around a while – Network World was able to test a dozen VPNs in 1999. Only recently, however, have VPNs been widely adopted and implemented.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a simple but effective way to prevent hackers or ISPs from monitoring your activity on your phone or computer. VPN stands for “Virtual Private Network” and it works by encrypting all of the data that comes from your connected devices. Many make the mistake of thinking a VPN is most important on a PC or tablet but smartphones have become essential parts of our personal and professional lives. From setting alarms in the morning to using apps to control household devices to connect to our office computers, our smartphones know us and our lives very well – even our best friends and colleagues via our contact lists.
History of VPNs
Large companies have been using VPNs for a while. In fact, VPN-like connections go all the way back to the days of dial-up, when Frame Relay PVC and ATM VC links between individual hosts were established to provide some primitive security. Confusingly, the term Virtual Private Network was already in use by phone companies, used to refer to private voice networks. True VPNs started to appear in 1996 when PPTP was developed by Gurdeep Singh-Pall. PPTP or Peer-to-Peer Tunneling Protocol is still used as a basis for VPNs today. It creates a tunnel, through which authenticated, encrypted data is sent.
What Does Your ISP Collect?
The second you open a web browser on any internet-connected device, data is sent in packets to your ISP and then dispersed
- Internet searches
- Which online games you play
- Which web pages you visit
- Which apps you use
- Physical location (particularly through a smartphone)
- Whether you’re torrenting (downloading/uploading pirated materials)
Why Does It Matter?
Often, the information your ISP collects is fairly harmless. As mentioned, it helps businesses and organizations show you advertisements that are more suited to you, based on your internet usage. It’s another way that ISPs make a lot of money.
ISPs are not the only threat to consider when it comes to internet privacy. You can find out basic information about your IP address just by looking it up yourself. You’ll see your unique IP address, type of device, even longitude, and latitude of your location.
Tech-savvy hackers can go even deeper into your unencrypted data and go as far as stealing your identity to using collected information to target vulnerable users like children or the elderly. Experts report that identity theft through cybercrime reached record highs and cost victims nearly $17 billion last year.
What Can You Do?
The internet and technology are constantly evolving so protecting your information can be an overwhelming task when trying to keep up with the latest advances. Still, there are some things you can do to help prevent your information from being monitored, sold, or hacked right now.
Use Secure Browsing
Some browsers will warn you that you are entering an unsafe website because the website is not secure. When the internet first began, websites began with “HTTP” which stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol but the internet is now shifting so that credible websites include an “S” on the end: “https” – the “S” standing for “secure.”
Understand Privacy Policies
Cnet reported that as much as 42 percent of Android users do not have the latest version of Android which equates to approximately 846 million devices exposed to malicious attack. Be sure you have your device set for automatic updates or manually check for updates daily.
What is NetsanityVPN and Why Us?
NetsanityVPN uses the proven technology and security that Netsanity is known for. After protecting kids all over the world, with our Netsanity mobile parental control service, NetsanityVPN offers customers with Apple and most mobile Android devices a secure way to connect and communicate through the public internet without any privacy or logging concerns. NetsanityVPN provides customers with secure connectivity without the need for any app to be downloaded from the app store. NetsanityVPN will initially target US-based consumers. After the successful USA launch, Netsanity will offer convenient and automatically-configured VPN servers globally.
Many VPN providers are offshore and do this to avoid US-led efforts at legal subpoenas and other obfuscation reasons. We are a US-based business and feel that if you are a criminal and want to use our service for nefarious reasons, we may not be a good fit for you!
That profile once installed, allows you to toggle and turn on the VPN directly from your Apple iOS settings screen and no app is ever installed. It looks like the screenshot below:
How to Install VPN on Apple iOS
How to Install a VPN On Android
There are many reasons to subscribe to a good VPN service. Without one, you risk being hacked, having your data stolen, and having your internet service provider snoop on your website activities. But you get what you pay for and free is not always best when it comes to VPN providers and your privacy. For $12/year NetsanityVPN offers a great alternative from the glitz and glam of expensive VPN providers that promise the world and under deliver.
Originally posted at: https://netsanity.net/vpn-guide/