International VPN Day exists to raise awareness of online security and the important role VPNs play in keeping you safe. It’s a time to think about your own internet security, to learn more about data privacy, and to decide if a VPN is right for you.
More and more people have now heard of VPNs, but not everyone knows how they work or where they came from. August 19 is a chance to change that.
Want to learn more about the history of the VPN and how it became the essential security tool it is today? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where we’ll be posting some key moments from the VPN timeline.
As well as learning more about VPNs, you should mark August 19 by making sure you’re really doing everything you can to protect your online security.
Of course, using a VPN is a great place to start, but it’s also really important to be aware of the threats you might face online. Want to know how secure you really are? Take our National Privacy Test to assess your own risk level on the internet.
Most importantly, August 19 is a day to find out more about VPNs and decide if you want to start using one (if you don’t already).
Before you pick a VPN, let’s check in on a few of the common claims and assumptions that come up when discussing this technology.
Most internet service providers (or ISPs) will monitor and log your browsing activity. This allows them to sell data to advertisers and third parties and means they can limit your bandwidth when it suits them. With a VPN enabled on your device, ISPs won’t be able to view your activity, record your browsing habits, or strangle your speeds.
A VPN will shield your IP address, hide your activity from ISPs, and enhance your protection against hackers. However, it doesn’t make you completely anonymous or invisible online. Websites will still be able to see what you’re doing on their servers, although they won’t be able to view your IP address.
Hackers are always looking for ways to spy on and steal your private data. An unsecured connection or a compromised router might be all they need. However, with a VPN encrypting your data, hackers won’t be able to view your online activity, even if they’ve broken into the router you’re using.
Not all VPNs are created equal. Some offer better speeds than others, and each service boasts its own features and tools. A free VPN, for example, won’t have the same level of security, speed, and stability as a premium option. It’s important to research any VPN before using it to make sure it’s right for you.
The best way to celebrate International VPN Day is by getting a VPN! But, before you choose one, make sure you cover all the points on this checklist.