If we live in a capitalist world where everyone is out to get your money, then we need to beware of what we cannot see– those attacking our devices across the internet. This week I came across a headline which caught my eye– Spies, Lies, and Data Thieves.
Violet Blue nailed down all but the most important reasons to a solution to prevent spies, lies, and data thieves from digging into your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
Many people decide to just ignore the problem and take terrible risks with their security and privacy. The bigger problem, of course, is that we’re all so damn connected. So anytime we do the computer security equivalent of peeing into the wind, there’s a whole bunch of people in our address books and contacts who have no idea they need an umbrella.
That’s most people. Apple seems intent on helping those customers who would not bother to help themselves; with better security for each OS, frequent updates unmatched by Windows and Android, and tight control over what apps hit the App Stores.
Yet, Apple has certain policies about privacy and security that bother me. Yes, the company has an ongoing war against ad trackers and cookies, but also accepts billions of dollars in profit from Google to keep the search engine as the default in Safari.
What’s with that, Apple?
What Apple could be doing and is not, is to take a few of those billions of dollars it gives away to shareholders who provide no value to the company, and create a built-in VPN system for the company’s customers.
Apple can afford it. Apple chooses to let customers dangle with less privacy and security.
A VPN, or virtual private network, keeps your computer’s IP address — and your physical location — private. More and more, people are using a VPN to create a private path for their computers and mobile devices to use when they access the internet. It’s a great way to keep your browsing private and attack-proof.
What you get is a secure connection from your device to wherever you connect; a website to download files, an App Store, an online retail store, and so on.
What’s missing from Blue’s missive is the most important component.
what you want to look for is a VPN with a good reputation: Use Google, and see if any issues come up in searches. You’ll want to look for ones that don’t have known data leaks, have good performance, feature quality apps for all your devices, that support the OpenVPN protocol and encryption standards, and ideally have a money-back guarantee.
What you get is a list from someone who created a list of the top– according to them– VPN services. Best VPN Services For 2019. Fortunately, two of the top three are VPNs that I use and recommend; ExpressVPN and NordVPN. The others I’ve never heard of but there are many from which to choose.
If everyone is out to get your money then a little paranoia is a good attitude to have, right? Soothe the savage beast with a decent VPN.