In today’s world, data, identities, and privacy are exploited every day. It is important to take security measures to protect your data and information online.
According to Forbes, data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records in the first six months of 2019. Securing your computer is just as important as locking your door every night. Whether you’re in the legal industry or any other profession in which you access Personal Identifiable Information (PII) you need to ensure the highest level of security for your clients. PII is any data that can be used to identify a specific individual, such as an email or physical address, date of birth, social security number. The use of non-traditional personal identifiers such as IP addresses, login IDs, or geolocation and biometric information will continue to surge. Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an indispensable tool that safeguards both your data and internet connection. While it seems complicated, you don’t need to be a tech-savvy person to use a VPN.
A VPN is used to encrypt data and add a layer of security to protect your identity and information being sent over Wi-Fi networks. While using a VPN an individual can safely use Wi-Fi at public locations like hotels, airports, or coffee shops. A secure VPN connection will keep your client’s data, your passwords, and browsing history from being accessed by a hacker who hi-jacked a Wi-Fi connection. While there are many different types of VPN services offered, some are superior to others. However, having a VPN is better than not having one at all. You may commonly see the terms 256-bit encryption or 128-bit encryption when working with a VPN, without going into specifics, the higher bit encryption rate, the better. While using a VPN was previously considered optional, in today’s world, it has become a vital instrument to secure data when using your computer. A VPN is the best way to secure yourself and your client’s data online.
VPN services vary in terms of price, speed, server connections, and encryption level.
Below are the top three VPN services that Aquino Trial Services recommend, based on the number of servers, speed, ease of use, and privacy:
Incredibly fast. Up to 5 devices. $6.67 month + 3 months free.
Very user friendly. Up to 5 devices; $4.99 month
Unlimited devices and built-in adblocker. $1.99/month
While there are free VPN services available, they come at the cost of advertisements or the right to sell your information. TunnelBear offers a free version; however, it is limited to one device, limited data, and network performance is slow and unreliable. ProtonVPN also has a free subscription with no data limit.
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