Saturday 8 September 2012

Five reasons you should be using a VPN like SumRando

So, yesterday, I got chatting with an acquaintance from Hong Kong about SumRando and VPNs. After a bit of talk about “The Great Firewall of China” and explaining how VPNs work and why SumRando’s so great, he blurted out, “Oh! I use a VPN to watch the BBC's streaming content!”

How cool is that?

In fairness, it's not unusual to hear conversations about online security these days. But somehow, a lot of people still say something along the lines of, “What do I care if companies know my information?” or “I don’t have any information worth stealing, so I don’t need tight security.”

Oh realllllly?

Do you have a bank account? Oh, you do?

Do you have private information in your email that you might not want the world to see? Yes?

I think you’re getting the picture.

The fact is everyone would be better off using the secure connection achieved with a VPN. But, in case you’re not convinced, here are several reasons you should be using a VPN like SumRando.

1.     Security:
Not just “I turned on my virus program thing so I should be ok” security. We’re talking Fort Freaking Knox security. Working over that open Wi-Fi network at the coffee shop? No problem. VPNs like SumRando create a tunnel of encryption around all of your activity so anyone trying to monitor you gets absolutely nothing!
 2.     No more creepy/annoying ad tracking: Ever shop for something on Amazon and subsequently see ads for it popping up on every other site you go to? This isn’t just annoying (because you already bought the thing on Amazon), it’s a violation of your privacy. Stop tracking software in its tracks (literally) with a VPN. All the trackers will see is the IP address of your VPN service.  

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3.     Access to the unabridged internet: Want to visit in Kenya? Too bad. Facebook in China? Tough cookies. But sure enough, a VPN will let me catch the latest episode of Jersey Shore while updating my news feed from anywhere in the world. This works because awesome VPNs like SumRando have servers all over the place, and you get to pick the one you connect to. So while I’m sitting at a cafĂ© in Cairo, the sites I’m visiting think I’m from New York.
4.     Your ISP won’t stalk you: Did you know your internet service provider keeps logs of everything you do online? Seriously. Everything. As far as I’m concerned, the number of times I visit per day is nobody’s business but mine.
 5.     It’s absurdly easy: Logging on and using a VPN is literally easier than locking the door when you leave your house, so there’s absolutely no reason everyone shouldn’t be using one. To log in, all you need to do is double-click that SumRando icon on your desktop and you’re ready to surf. Think of it as part of your daily routine.

So quit procrastinating! It’s time we all started taking our online security a little more seriously. Sign up for a VPN today!

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