How to change your passwords and encrypt your communication with a VPN
A new report suggests you need to change all your passwords to be protected from online threats.
A security firm called Trend Micro says that using a VPN or other secure web browsing tool such as Tor or SSH to hide your online activity from prying eyes can keep you protected.
The company says that in its research, users who have been infected with malware from other countries were more likely to choose VPNs and Tor over traditional methods of communication and sharing.
“The data suggests that a VPN has the potential to be as powerful as an SSL VPN and provides a level of anonymity that is often difficult to achieve in other ways,” Trend Micro said.
The researchers say that VPNs have many features that make them attractive to criminals and cybercriminals.
In addition to encrypting data on a client computer, the VPN also provides an online anonymity that makes it easier to hide online activities from pry eyes.
“Using a VPN can be a powerful tool for keeping your online activities secure and confidential,” said Matt King, the security researcher at Trend Micro.
“There are a wide range of uses for VPNs, from online gaming to email and social media, and the fact that they are secure and can be used in all sorts of settings allows them to be an effective tool for protecting data and privacy online.”
Trend Micro says the study was based on a survey of more than 1,200 people in six countries.