The awareness of just how prevalent cybercrimes are has skyrocketed in the last few years, which is expected given that so many multinational corporations and major political parties have been hacked. These hacks are causing major financial and reputational damage to these institutions, but are they causing people to take cybersecurity seriously?
These days, the term “VPN” keeps popping up more and more – and really, it is not a surprise at all. With all the Big Brother paranoia spreading, not to mention unscrupulous people who are out to make a quick buck out of other people’s lax security habits, online privacy (security) is something that we all should pay more attention to.
What exactly is a VPN?
It’s short for Virtual Private Network. From the technical side of things, a VPN is comprised of a bunch (or a big bunch) of computers that are connected together over a public network. The thing about a VPN is that it has security measures in place, which you gain access to when you connect to it.
In most countries in the world, including the United States, privacy is generally not a legally protected right. The incidences when an invasion of privacy goes punished are usually when it is in conjunction with another crime, such as breaking and entering or theft. As a result, there are constant risks coming from every angle and an army of different people and corporations who are looking to invade your personal privacy, both physically and online. And since it is both hard to catch and hard to prosecute, it is largely up to us to protect our own privacy. Here are five ways in which you can help secure your privacy every day.
Microsoft has posted a free online tool designed to check the security of passwords, or recommend more secure passwords that are also easier to type. Traditional rules requiring that “secure” passwords be case sensitive, include upper- and lower…
A UN rights committee on Tuesday passed a “right to privacy” resolution pressed by Germany and Brazil, which have led international outrage over reports of US spying on their leaders. The resolution says that surveillance and data interception by governments…