VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, are services that route your online traffic through an encrypted server so you can browse safely and anonymously on any public Wi-Fi network. They've grown in popularity in response to recent cyber threats, and as such the VPN market is ripe with competition. Still, few can compare with NordVPN, a top-tier security solution that just went on sale in the Entrepreneur Store. … [Read more...] about Using Public Wi-Fi? Here’s How to Protect Your Personal Data.
The Obama-era rules—which had yet to take effect—would have required ISPs like Verizon and Comcast to notify and offer an opt-out to subscribers before harvesting their personal and browsing data. In rolling back the rules, Congress had yielded to a lobbying blitz by the telecom and cable industries. Now, ISPs, which have been pining to expand into the business of selling personal and browsing data to data brokers and ad targeters, can collect such data without fear of reprisal from consumers or the FCC. … [Read more...] about VPN Downloads Spiked After Congress Rolled Back Privacy Rules
The free VPN apps like Hotspot Shield and TunnelBear typically support themselves by delivering ads with the service or limit you to certain data maxes. Hotspot Shield claims over 500 million users, the vast majority of which use the ad supported version. If Hotspot Shield users want to get rid of the ads, they can opt over to commercial versions. There used to be more ad-supported VPN products in the past, but they appear to be dwindling as time goes on. TunnelBear is free up to a max of 500MB of protected data per month, and requires a fee of $4.99 to $9.99 per month to handle more than that. For reasons I don’t understand, the commercial versions of many free VPN products cost significantly more than completely user fee-based models. … [Read more...] about The best mobile VPNs for the enterprise and how to evaluate them
CyberGhost offers one of the more full-featured VPN apps, and it includes the capability to automatically launch when it connects to a new Wi-Fi network. The feature eliminates the need to remember to connect for protection, and it can also be configured to connect via VPN when you launch internet apps such as BitTorrent. Separately, an "unblock streaming" feature lets you unblock geo-locked services such as Netflix and BBC with a single click, and a data-compression option helps you reduce data drain when using a mobile device. … [Read more...] about Top 5 VPN services for personal privacy and security
In my testing, SuperVPN wasn’t particularly fast, and the app is in need of some major updates. There are also a ton of ads—more than in any other app I tested. There are only four server locations available in the free version. The paid version that costs $5 per month with no ads and faster speeds. However, it requires a separate payment app, which is weird. There are better options. … [Read more...] about How to protect your privacy with a VPN on Android