Do you hop on your PC or smartphone every morning without VPN services running on them?
I hope not.
Otherwise there shall be wailing and gnashing of the teeth. If your pangs of regrets haven’t started yet, then it’s only a matter of time. Would you rather wait for it to hit you?
Think about this.
Who hops out of bed and then dash out naked into a cold, icy winter morning?
Who dips their hands into hot boiling canola oil?
Not most people I know. Or not normal people.
So why do you do this with your most sensitive information EVERY DAY!
Your bank details, credit card details, passwords, email and social media logins, etcetera, etcetera. Everything! It’s all public. No privacy.
Any random Jones could literally pick up your financial information and go shopping with his girlfriend. It’s that open. He just needs the right tools… and they are everywhere too.
For gross sake, VPN services are dirt cheap!
Frankly, you really should get VPN services for both your mobile and PC encryption. This stuff is cheap and easy to use. Without one, you’ll eventually have losses to deal with. Expensive and hard losses.
Now the five revelations to help you see the truth for what it is…
1. Cut Costs and Play Games
Think of VoIP and long distance communication service providers. They make money from charging you higher on long distance communication. Cut your costs by selecting your country of origin — make that call a “local” call and keep the change.
Yes, some websites, just like the VoIP guys, price items based on your location. So you could see an item on a website for $2,000 from a US based IP, and then the same item would go for $1,500 elsewhere! Same item. Same website. Same checkout. No difference!
So what changed?
Just your location. Nothing more. And, nope, no shipping costs added.
An easy example here is flight tickets, although this sort of pricing applies to just about all sorts of items, including cars, handbags, footwear, packaged vacation offers, and more.
For example, for the same flight ticket, a booking made from a Norwegian IP address turned out significantly cheaper than one made from a Malaysian IP address. Now, who wants to pay an extra hundred or thousand bucks for the same damn thing?!
Since most consumers don’t even know that this sort of pricing plans exist, merchants easily take advantage of this location-based pricing technology to grow their profits. Now, you can use VPN services to save your money too! Albeit, not all merchant sites on the internet do this, but whenever you have openings like this you could easily be saving hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on just one item.
Another way a VPN benefits your online shopping experience is that you can enjoy better gaming experience if you play online games. Typically, an ISP would slow your internet connection down a notch whenever you play online games like MMORPG, FPS, and the like. OK, given, they have good intentions for doing this (they want everyone on their network to have a fair share). However, with your VPN encryption, your ISP has no clue what you are doing. So no slow internet connections!
A line of warning. Use only VPN services that are new your immediate location to avoid the usual slow down of internet speed that comes with VPN use. You do this right and you are on track to enjoying faster online gaming experience always.
2. Block Eavesdroppers and Hackers When You Work Remotely
It’s no news. Industrial espionage, intellectual property thieves, government eavesdroppers, and hackers are all out on the loose. So using a collaboration software without VPN encryption is like tossing your baby out in the cold, and then leaving her to the elements hoping that she’d survive.
If you think that analogy is extreme, then let’s examine some stats!
85% of companies in the US have reported phishing attacks, and 60% of these companies reports an overall increase in phishing attacks. Some of these companies have said that they completely lost all their data due to these attacks. Oh, and collaboration on social networks like Facebook isn’t as safe you might think. Facebook gets attacked by hackers more than 600,000 times daily… yes, EVERY single day! And that’s not to mention that 30% of phishing emails get opened. In comparison to 2004, the first quarter of 2016 experienced a 250% growth in phishing activities, and in March of 2016 alone, 93% of phishing emails carried ransomware.
In case you’re wondering the actual cost of these phishing activities, a spear phishing costs a bitter $1.6 million on average. VPN encryption ensures that your remote work isn’t feeding some remote spy or hacker at your expense. In case you use Torrent websites (most ISPs wouldn’t allow you access them in most regions), your VPN encryption would be helpful too.
This is all the more necessary if you work on sensitive research projects. Projects having to do with researching your competition in Business, or using any of the keywords earmarked by the Department of Homeland Security, would qualify here. If you’re a journalist or whistleblower, having a VPN is a MUST.
Talking of the Department of Homeland Security, consider that keywords like ‘cloud,’ ‘facility,’ ‘burn,’ ‘smart,’ ‘Subway,’ and such regular words that you probably use in regular social media conversations are on their list. Don’t wait until someone from the FBI or the police comes to your neighborhood asking for where you live.
With your VPN, even if a hacker does gets through to your device, and extract data from it, that data will mean nothing to the hacker since it’s encrypted. So you win no matter what.
3. Don’t Be Sold to Advertisers
Just recently, votes by the US Senate and House of Reps granted express permission to ISPs to sell your browsing history to advertisers without your permission. This law repealed the privacy ruled that would have mandated ISPs to seek the permission of their users before commercializing their personal and web browsing data.
Now, with your VPN encryption, your ISP would have no data to sell. This saves you a ton of trouble. You don’t have to deal with unsolicited ads and promotions and the like. Moreover, who wants someone else tracking their activities online… your passwords, for example.
4. Browse the Internet without Censorship
Yea, I know that you already know VPN services help you bypass internet censorship from oppressive governments. But it’s not only governments that are oppressive, some certain websites for absolutely no reason wouldn’t let you in because you are from India, or Russia, or Pakistan, or Brazil, or Nigeria. They think everyone’s a criminal and by blocking these countries’ IPs they have secured their precious property in cyberspace.
First, it’s dumb to bar anyone from accessing a web property simply because s/he’s visiting from a particular location. Criminals already know that these locations are censored, so these censored websites aren’t any safer for barring innocent citizens from accessing them.
Oh, and those oppressive governments?
Simply access all blocked social sites (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all), Media sites (like The Wall Street Journal, Netflix and the New York Times), apps (like Line and Google Play), work tools (like all Google Services and Dropbox), and umm… clears throat, those porn sites too.
However, it’s worthy of note that if you live in a place lik switching on your VPN you have effectively switched your location away from China.
5. Use Protection!
Throwing your credit card, banking, social security, login and other sensitive details around on the internet, especially over a public wifi access, without using VPN services for encryption is an easy way to invite internet criminals.
And then, malware.
Your device could easily pick up some random malware, or spyware, or any of those other wares you don’t want it wearing. If you need a quickie and it must be done on a public wifi, why not use some protection? Do you really have to get the virus to learn this?
I doubt this point needs any more explaining.
“A word is enough for the wise”.