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Updated: August 2, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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Using a VPN While Traveling

Free Wi-Fi?
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Working from your favorite coffeehouse, restaurant or hotel room just as you would from your home or office. Using public Wi-Fi's is a great feature. But just as it is convenient for you, it is just as convenient for cyber-criminals. If you use an unsecured public WI-FI, cyber-criminals can monitor every move you make. Hackers love making a living by intercepting user-names, passwords, credit card numbers, and any other private data Internet users might reveal while browsing outside a secure network. But using public Wi-Fi networks can at times be your only option

A VPN can keep you safe

If you use public Wi-Fi's. Keeping your sensitive information secure by using an extra layer of protection is essential. VPN's (Virtual Private Network) can ensure your data is secure by encrypting your data

Private Browsing with Browsers

Private browsing is a feature built into many modern-day web browsers. Many of the major web browsers have them, and they are usually easy to access through the File menu

Google Chrome has Incognito mode
Microsoft Edge has "InPrivate" Browsing
Safari has Private Browsing
Firefox has Private Browsing
Opera has private tabs built in
Vivaldi has Private Window
Maxthon has Incognito mode

Simply put, private browsing is a method of browsing wherein the browser will not save browser history, search history, or local data such as cookies

While Private Browsing will prevent your browser from storing most information on your devices. It will not necessarily stop data being shared or accessed. It is still possible for third-parties to detect your browsing session and exploit flaws, which can, in turn, be used to gain entryways into the operating system of your device

What to Look for in a VPN

When researching for a good VPN, there are four critical security features to look for

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Military Grade 256-bit Encryption

The first feature is a VPN is military-grade (256-bit) encryption. The 256-bit encryption has an encryption key length of 2265. That is 1.2 x 1077 possible combinations needed to unveil a single encryption key. That’s about 115 Quattuorvigintillion possibilities. The numbers are indeed mind-boggling. But that is the idea, to make it virtually impossible to crack. Brute Forcing Hacking is simply not possible with 256-bit encryption

Servers and Locations

Be sure that your VPN provider has over 1,000 Servers and to be located Worldwide. This ensures that there are always enough connection points and IP addresses to offer you a high-quality connection

Easy Connect

VPN company that connects automatically or allows you to start a secure connection very easily. Having to log in and out of your VPN every time you want to get online can become a nuisance, and you may at times just forget to log on

No Logging

Last to look for is a "Policy". When choosing a VPN provider, they should keep NO logs on users. This means the VPN should not record what websites you visit, what you download, or any form of traffic whatsoever. If a VPN provider logs IP addresses, that provider many not be optimal for privacy. The service should not log any user data or ever retain logs for periods of time

Free VPNs

These companies are plentiful, but these normally will share your browsing data with third parties. Your best bet is to purchase a subscription from a provider that offers a no-log VPN, which means the vendor will not record your browsing data and later sell it to the highest bidder. When selecting a provider, be sure to read the fine print. Many are clear about how they treat your data, though 26 of the most popular free VPNs have actually admitted to logging user data despite claiming otherwise

VPN Best Practices

Using a VPN while traveling will offer you an extra layer of protection, especially if the VPN covers the features mentioned above. But you should use best practices to ensure you are using your VPN to keep you as secure as possible

Use your VPN consistently

When you are traveling, especially for vacation, It can be easy to forget the importance of Security like checking your bank account, but this is what cyber-criminals are looking for. Having a VPN that connects automatically is key to using it consistently. Make sure that when you access the Internet away from home, you do so through your VPN

Your Mobile Phone

Browsing the Internet on your phone through cellular data can also leave you exposed. Data transmitted via cellphone towers can still be intercepted, especially if you’re abroad and are relying on a nation’s local carrier. Hackers can launch a "Man In The Middle" attack, which will causes your phone to connect to a network rather than a legitimate cell phone carrier. Most VPN providers have phone apps during mobile browsing. Be sure you are using your VPN on your computer if you connect to the Internet through your phone’s WI-FI

Use VPN to check your accounts

It is best not to check bank or personal accounts from any public Wi-Fi at any time. But if you do need to access social media, bank accounts, email, etc. Use your VPN in order to stay as possible
Never use any personal data or login information over an unsecured public network

A VPN isn’t impenetrable

VPN's are an important safeguard that can keep your sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. Follow these best practices for using a VPN while traveling to ensure you’re protecting your important information to the best of your ability


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