Friday, May 06, 2011

Surfing Safely

Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and all sorts of other social media accounts inundate us with pages of privacy disclosures that we must opt in or out of. After we have done all that, they change the game and we have to agree to a whole new set of privacy options. Then, there is the privacy factor that we don't think of--checking our social sites and email from a public WiFi which exposes us to security leaks.

One alternative is to employ a Virtual Private Network, or VPN account. You can enable private browsing in Firefox, but it really only prevents a browsing history from being logged on the computer. It works well if you share a computer and don't want the kids scouring the browsing history for their Christmas presents, but it really doesn't protect your information from anyone else.

When you are browsing on a public Wifi, a VPN account can hide your IP address from others. GoTrusted's VPN account also creates a firewall for you when you browse publicly, which protects you against hackers. How do you think folks in nations that ordered the internet to be shut down were able to Tweet us about what was happening? Creating a virtual firewall not only saves the photos of your 3rd grade graduation that your cousin emailed you, but could insure your physical safety as well.

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