Virtual Private Network (VPN)
I initially wanted to have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service just for those times when I might use Wi-Fi in public. As I wanted to ensure I was protecting my data—location, financial info, health info, online purchases, etc.—while traveling.
This is because I've previously received that call from my credit card company, alerting me to the fact that someone else was using my account. So I want to be as protected as possible.
However, it now appears countries like the USA and Australia are allowing private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to collect and sell our...
—name to others
—age to others
—location to others
—shopping records to others
—private data to others
—browsing history to others
So I purchased a VPN service to use no matter where or how I connect to the internet. Meaning, I want to use a VPN to create a secure encryption to protect me from all of the above—so the only thing an ISP can see is that I'm connected to a VPN.
I've found it important that a VPN provide me with the following...
—military-grade security that strongly encrypts Internet traffic
—reroutes Internet traffic through remote server (hides ones identity)
—replaces IP address (hides ones identity)
—does not keep user activity logs
—no bandwidth limits
—works in multiple countries
—makes one appear elsewhere, to access banned sites in certain countries (social media sites that are banned in China)
—makes one appear elsewhere, to save on flight fare (look up airfare while appearing to be from different countries to verify best rate)
—direct, hassle-free access to streaming websites
—connects multiple devices to one VPN account
—secures the router with one slot, protecting all devices on the network
—24/7 support agents
—automatic shut down of sites/software if connection drops
—double VPN encryption
The only CHALLENGES so far...
—one more account to remember (but I think it's an important one)
—when I'm working on an older computer with a slower connection, I think the VPN appears to slow it down a bit more
—there's a website that appears to not want to be accessed through the VPN, so I disconnect the VPN for that site
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