Tuesday Tip: Get a VPN with a Kill Switch and Turn it On

VPN kill switchIf you’re looking to get a personal Virtual Private Network (VPN), make sure there’s a feature in it called the “Kill Switch” and turn it on.

Why get a VPN in the first place? The simple reason is that a VPN protects all of your information and browsing habits while connecting to the Internet on a public network (such as WiFi at Starbucks). There are a number of personal VPN products out there – NordVPN, ExpressVPN, ProtonVPN and PrivateVPN – to name a few. Pricing for such services can range anywhere from $4-$15/month depending on the product and length of term you sign up for (monthly or annually).

Once installed a VPN will encrypt your traffic and hide your location (IP address) thereby ramping up your own personal privacy when connecting to the Internet.

So what is a ‘Kill Switch’ feature and why is it needed? From time to time, your VPN connection may fail – technology does that. Should that happen, you don’t want your device to continue to send traffic across the public network in an unsecured and non-encrypted manner. With a Kill Switch turned on, your connection to the Internet will  automatically be severed keeping you safe from exposing any personal information or from being tracked. This will present a minor disruption to you, but it is worth the trouble to reestablish the VPN connection if that means keeping your information safe.

So, make sure your personal VPN service has a kill switch feature and don’t switch it off unless you know what you are doing. Should you find an inexpensive VPN solution that does not offer this feature – steer clear.

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Richard Stokes: As the Director of Sales for Network 1, Richard identifies “future” clients that can benefit from the support of an experienced, outsourced IT team. He helps clients and prospects find technology solutions they need to achieve better productivity and efficiency so they can focus on making money and growing their businesses.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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