Home Did you know ? Protect Your Personal Data with a VPN

Protect Your Personal Data with a VPN

by Mic Johnson

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs have long been used to allow people to bypass geographical restrictions on Internet content, download content and share it with others, and access a business network while traveling. But, in addition to making content more accessible to users all over the world, VPN software also works to keep your personal data safe. Here’s how.

Safely Access Public-WiFi

Everyone likes to work from places other than their homes and offices, which is why nearly every restaurant and cafe in the country has free public WiFi for its customers. But, accessing public-WiFi is not very secure and can lead to the theft of personal data. In fact, it is so easy for scammers to set up WiFi hotspots that look like official guest WiFi connections that customers often can’t tell the difference. When they hook up to these fake hotspots, the thief has access to everything users do online.

A VPN prevents identity theft by masking users’ online presence. Even if you accidentally log into a fake WiFi hotspot, your passwords, banking information, and account data will be secure. A scammer would have to crack your VPN’s encryption of your data before they could access your information, which is nearly impossible and is impossible in the time you’re typically logged onto a public WiFi.

Hide Your Identity from Companies

Personal data is a coveted asset these days, particularly for companies that want to advertise to you. When you access the Internet without a VPN, you’re basically giving websites permission to track your every move to determine your interests. Then, they take that information and send targeted advertising to you wherever you go online. Or, they sell your information to companies that want to develop targeted advertising on or offline.

You have likely searched for something online and immediately saw ads on social media platforms and other websites that advertise what you searched for. This is one example of websites using your data to market to you. But you don’t have to give them your information. Using a VPN keeps your browsing private. Not even your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can track your browsing through a VPN, which they can do even if you use an incognito browser.

Access Secure Information

Remote work has become extremely popular in the last few years, but many companies worry about the security of their business information in the hands of employees when they’re working away from the office. For this reason, companies often require their employees to access their business network through a company-owned VPN. This assures them that no one else can access secure information while you’re remotely connected to their network.

This is also becoming increasingly critical for medical professionals who use virtual care platforms. Since health-related data is so sensitive, virtual care companies have to ensure their patients’ data is completely secure. This includes patients’ electronic health records, appointment information, and the actual medical visit.


Your data is a valuable commodity for operations all over the world, both legal and illegal. Don’t give it to them freely by accessing Internet connections without a VPN.

You may also like