Protect Your Online Privacy While Traveling: Using A VPN (Virtual Private Network)

If you value your online privacy, using a VPN is one of the easiest ways to protect your personal information on the internet from all those peering eyes who want to look at what you are doing.

What Is A VPN anyway?

virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network, and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network. (via Wikipedia

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We Had To Find A New VPN And We Couldn’t Be Happier

We always use a VPN while traveling and connecting to the internet over a public Wi-Fi network. It keeps our private information, well, it keeps it private. It also allows you to fool your server into thinking you’re somewhere else so we can watch TV shows from the UK and people from outside the U.S. can read the Orlando Sentinel, for example. We’ve been using WiTopia for several years but we recently had to look for a new provider.

See, when we started writing the blog, we needed to look for an inexpensive laptop that would allow us to write articles while on the road. Our MacBook Air was showing its age and we didn’t want to spend that much on a computer we didn’t need to use that often. We decided to get an HP Chromebook. It did everything we wanted, cost a fraction of a comparable Mac product and had much longer battery life.

After buying the Chromebook, I tried to install the personalVPN from WiTopia. Major fail. I checked the help page of the WiTopia website and found this disclaimer:

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How We Keep Ourselves Safe Online When We’re Traveling

The Points Guy website recently had a good article on how to keep yourself safe online. 

All of the tips in this article are worth considering, if you haven’t already. I already use some apps to keep myself protected online:
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