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Why are you on the VPN bandwagon


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Reinforce the need for personal VPN

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Why are you on the VPN bandwagon

  1. 1. After all, I do not have to be concerned, do I? Why are you on the VPN bandwagon? 3/27/2016 1
  2. 2. • In a recent post, I discussed the need for VPN. • I had several people ask me if I was being paranoid or if I really thought a personal Virtual Private Network was needed. • Here are situations that, I believe, warrant the need for VPN – Do you ever connect to an unsecured wireless network on your phone, laptop, or other mobile device? • Hotel • Coffee House • Stream games or add apps using wireless – Is your device set to automatically connect to unsecured wireless networks? – Do you care if your internet provider has access to your internet traffic? Do you really need VPN? 3/27/2016 2
  3. 3. • Perform a search on “hacking tools”. – The easy access to this knowledge and these tools should be enough to scare you. • One scenario of which I am aware is – A person creates a free wireless network at a coffee shop that may seem legitimate but they use it to trap internet traffic. • Do you really know that “Coffee House Guest WIFI” really belongs to the coffee house? • People always assume they are safe. – I compare this to a home burglary. • Burglars will always look for the easy targets. • If you are running unencrypted data over an unsecured wireless network, this may make you the easy target. Is this just a scare tactic? 3/27/2016 3
  4. 4. • Think of the cans and string phone. • You know the end you are speaking into but do you understand what happens next? • Imagine if someone taps into the string and listens in. • A VPN provides some assurance that nobody can listen in on your internet traffic. What is VPN? 3/27/2016 4
  5. 5. • Here is a, somewhat dated, link that may scare you into getting a VPN solution or, at least, not connecting to unsecured wireless networks. – sees-when-you-use-an-unsecured-wi-fi-hotspot.html • A more recent article – hotspots/ Prepare to be scared! 3/27/2016 5
  6. 6. 3/27/2016 6 • Stop connecting to unsecured wireless networks or . . . • Create your own VPN solution or . . . – There are free solutions but these cost money for equipment, if not for the software • Be lazy like me and pay for a VPN service – I will provide a couple of links on the last slide that compare and review VPN services. • I do not recommend one over the other – I am cheap and hate to spend money so I am glad to report you can find a lot of good options for under $8 per month. • The one I use is under $4 per month if you sign up for a year. What to do?
  7. 7. 3/27/2016 7 • Think about the people who use unsecured wireless networks at coffee shops and restaurants to conduct business. – Do any of them have private information about you on their computers, such as your mortgage broker or insurance sales person? – A survey in 2015 states that only 27% of people globally have used a VPN. • • You may want to talk to those people with whom you do business and to whom you provide sensitive information. Final scary thought
  8. 8. 3/27/2016 8 • I performed a simple search on the internet for personal VPN reviews. This information may change so I suggest performing your own search. –,2817,2403388,00.asp – Some Helpful Links