wonderfully unique software solutions

Posted abroad or travelling? Here’s why you need VPN

Most travellers for business or pleasure know cybersecurity is essential. However, fewer understand the need for virtual private networks (VPNs) and how they’ll still be needed even if you have the latest antivirus software.

As Matthew Higgins, writing for NordVPN, explains, a VPN can be understood as a kind of encryption service, improving security and privacy on internet-connected devices.

“When you enable a VPN app on your device, your internet traffic is encrypted and routed through an additional server. That means not even your internet service provider (ISP) can view and log your online activity,” according to Higgins.

“VPNs can protect you from hackers and cybercriminals, as well as providing the kind of privacy that is easily lost when browsing the internet. Your ISP won’t be able to sell your data to third-party advertisers; you’ll be shielded from prying eyes.”

Additionally, IP traffic can be routed via a server in an other country, a service that can be extra-useful when travelling for work purposes or otherwise temporarily away from your own secure network.

Higgins notes that this can be beneficial for expats — people posted overseas for work long-term — too, hiding your physical location.

“Among many other uses, VPNs can let expats browse the internet of their home country, as if they had never left. After all, your IP address influences search engine results, default languages, and more,” he explains.

Whether abroad for work or to study, users may still need a connection to their home country’s online community and culture.

“When using a VPN, you could choose a server in Paris and enjoy the same internet experience as someone living in the French capital,” Higgins says. “With the click of a button you’ve got your local news, tailored search results, and French versions of websites at your fingertips.”

Of course, Higgins is promoting NordVPN in particular.

He notes that some VPNs can make browsing and streaming over the web very slow.

Read more about NordVPN on the vendor blog.

(Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash )

Recent Articles

N-able rebrands RMM as N-sight – targeting IT teams and emerging MSPs

N-able has relaunched its RMM remote monitoring and management as N-able N-sight RMM, with a view to attracting more IT departments and...

Stormshield and partners warn of cybersecurity risks to Paris 2024

Giant global events -- such as the Paris 2024 Olympic Games -- can expect to continue to be targeted by cyber criminals...

Usecure builds security awareness focus, adds platform functionalities

MSP-focused security vendor Usecure is continuing to expand the capabilities of its human risk management focused software for partners.

Phishing attacks still plague common file types, Hornetsecurity warns

Phishing via archive, HTML, Excel or PDF files remain the leading email-based cyber attack on organisations, according to cybersecurity specialists at Hornetsecurity.

How TechSmith video-based learning can boost diversity and inclusion

When Hillsborough Community College in the USA wanted to create a remote-learning platform to assist students who use sign language, it turned...

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Weirdware monthly - Get the latest news in your inbox