In this new series in we explore tools and tricks to stay safe online. Internet security is important for everyone and especially if you are into bitcoin. In part 1 we look at how to secure your internet connection by using a VPN.
Free WiFi is everywhere in Cambodia: coffee shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, even in buses and hospitals. Every time you connect to one of these WiFi networks your digital security is at risk. Everything you do on a public WiFI is sent unencrypted between your device and the router of the network. Someone on the same network, or the network owner, can easily see all the data you are sending and receiving. Alternatively, worse; a hacker can create an evil twin WiFi Hotspot, which may confuse you it is the original one you are connected with but in reality, it is a trap.
A VPN or “Virtual Private Network” can protect you from the dangers of public WifFi and more. It is the most secure way to connect to the internet without risking your online identity, privacy and financial assets. A VPN creates a secure tunnel, it hides your original IP behind one of its own and encrypts all your communication allowing you to surf the web freely and anonymously.
Using a VPN every time you connect to a public WiFi is an excellent first step in improving your internet security. However, there are even more benefits to connecting to the internet through a VPN:
- A VPN replaces your original IP with an anonymous one; this allows you to remain completely anonymous online or access content that is blocked in your region
- A VPN encrypts your data. This is crucial, especially if you hold bitcoins or do financial transactions. Using the internet without encryption is like sending a personal letter without putting it in an envelope; everyone can read it.
- With a VPN you can avoid censorship and geo-restrictions. Just connect to a VPN server in Iceland, the USA or the UK and prevent any form of local censorship.
- With a VPN you can access blocked websites from anywhere. Surf the internet while connected to a VPN server in the USA or the UK to enjoy a larger access to video and entertainment sites.
There are many VPN providers out there. But we, at MekongMonkey, have a soft spot for hide.me. First and formost, they offer a free plan which offers 2 GB of data transfer/month. That’s plenty if you just want to stay safe on public WiFi’s. If you choose to upgrade your account to a paid plan, hide.me welcomes bitcoin payments. Other advantages of Hide.me include: fast speed connection, no activity logs, extremly simple to use software for every platform and a large selections of servers around the world.
Getting started is super easy: just sign up with a valid e-mail address, download the VPN software for your device and your good to go!
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