How to Browse the Internet Securely

swecure web browsingBrowsing the Internet securely should be a simple, worry-free thing. You sit down, connect, open your browser and off you go. But did you know that sometimes the very act of opening your browser can open a world of trouble for your system? Here’s some information about browser hijacking and how you can help to prevent it with a VPN account from VPN-accounts.com.

What is browser hijacking?

Browser hijacking is essentially a modification of your preferred browser’s settings. It really doesn’t matter if you use Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or any other popular browser. All browsers are vulnerable to both simple and sophisticated hijacking techniques. In most cases browser hijacking is used to replace your home page, search page, or force you to view advertising that you didn’t want to see. It can be easily reversed in many cases, but sometimes browser hijacking is more serious. You can read more about browser hijacking here.

Oftentimes the goal of a hijacker is to trick you into accepting bloatware, malware, or spyware that tracks your personal data. The really ugly part of this is that many of the programs that contain a hijacker more or less trick you into accepting it. One of the most frequent ways this is done is by asking you to allow the installation of a toolbar when you download a program.

In addition to tracking your data and browsing preferences, a browser hijacker will also slow your system to a crawl.

Learning how to browse securely

There are a few things you can do to learn how to browse the Internet securely. The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with a VPN and how it works. While a VPN won’t necessarily prevent browser hijacking by itself, it will help to prevent your personal data from being exposed if you do pick up a hijacker. A VPN should always be the first line of defense in your overall security plan.

Installing your VPN is a piece of cake. Your system…whether it be a PC or MAC, smartphone, tablet, or even a Kindle Fire, is already equipped to accept a VPN. All you need to do is configure the settings in your VPN client with the credentials provided by VPN-accounts.com after you purchase your VPN. We email them to you right away, and we also provide excellent support if you need some assistance in setting things up.

After your VPN is up and running, use it each time you access the Internet. That sounds like a very basic piece of advice, but you would be surprised how many people think that just setting it up is enough. You have to connect to it once your regular connection is established. Technology is only beneficial to you when you use it! Make it a habit to use your VPN regularly, and you will have no problem with doing that because using the VPN is easy and does not significantly affect the speed of your connection.

The VPN encrypts your data transfer, so if you happen to pick up a browser hijacker it will be difficult for someone to track your activities. All traces of your Internet browsing point back to the VPN server, not your local machine, and VPNaccounts.com does not retain logs of your activity.

The next step you need to perform is to obtain a USB flash drive for your machine. These are very affordable today and come in various sizes. You can even get one that will hold 32 GB of data or more. Once you have your flash drive, download a backup of your preferred browser to it. You can do this right from most browser’s websites, but a great resource for doing this if you use Windows is PortableApps.com. You’ll find browsers, malware and spyware removers, and a host of other apps you can download to your flash drive to create a First Aid Kit for your PC.

If your browser does happen to get hijacked, you can insert your flash drive and use the browser on it until you apply a fix and remove the infected browser from your main system. Most of the time your antivirus program can be used to remove a browser hijacker, but sometimes it will be necessary for you to uninstall the browser from your system and reinstall it.

Small changes make a big difference

The best way to learn how to browse the Internet securely is to begin making small changes to how you surf the Web. Always use your VPN account. Whenever you download something from the Internet, read all of the terms and be sure to uncheck any boxes that ask you to accept an unknown toolbar or other piece of malware. Your Internet security begins with diligence on your part. Make these routine things a habit and your Internet security will increase.

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Using a VPN account for Privacy

online-privacyUsing a VPN for online privacy is one of the most cited reasons for buying VPN service. A close look at recent trends does reveal that preserving anonymity online is becoming increasingly important, especially for those who browse political or adult-themed websites. Before we explain how a VPN relates to your online privacy, it seems like a good idea to present a few cautionary tales.

Online privacy horror stories

Let’s begin with the obvious. Whenever you are using an unsecured Internet connection, there is always the potential that your personal data is being exposed to dangerous individuals. Sometimes the results can be merely annoying, at other times tragic. A recent article by NBC news revealed how there are now forums where personal datum—names, addresses, social security and credit card numbers—is traded like “options on the Chicago Board of Trade for as little as $1 a piece.” While this kind of security breach can be troublesome, some breaches can be deadly.

20 year-old Amy Boyer of New Hampshire was stalked and killed on October 15, 1999 by a man who had purchased her personal data online for $45. Similar stories appear often in the news. While we cannot make a blanket claim that all of these tragedies could have been prevented by the use of a VPN, we can factually state that your Internet security is vastly improved when you take advantage of an encrypted connection.

In January of 2014, the Daily Mail of the UK reported the story of Adam Garibay. Garibay was a Border Patrol Agent in Corpus Christi, Texas. He assaulted his wife and then killed Keith Martin after discovering that his wife and Martin were having an affair. Garibay learned of the affair by spying on his wife’s Internet activities.

There are also numerous people who are imprisoned each year, far too many for us to list, for viewing websites that are prohibited in the countries where they reside or work. This often happens with political websites that are considered subversive, or with adult websites that violate the religious standards of a specific area such as the Arab region.

Who is watching you right now?

Did you know that someone is likely observing your Internet activities at this very moment? That someone is probably your ISP.

ISP’s, or Internet Service Providers, are the companies that provide Internet access. As a matter of course, most ISP’s log the activity of their customers. When you visit a website your IP address is revealed, and it is a simple matter for anyone with the ability to do so to examine the ISP logs and conclusively prove that you visited a site. Other items, such as your Internet searches, can also be monitored and logged.

Sometimes this information is used for noble purposes, such as helping police solve crimes. You may recall that prosecutors of Casey Anthony attempted to tie her to the murder of her daughter, Caylee, by revealing that someone in the home had searched Google for information on how to suffocate someone and also how to make chloroform. We certainly don’t support anyone who is trying to use the Internet to commit crimes. The problem is that the same technology that is used to catch criminals can also be used to invade the privacy of the individual who is exercising their legal right to look at a porn website or read a political blog.

A VPN increases privacy

Using a VPN for online privacy works, for several reasons. The first is that VPNaccounts.com does not log the Internet traffic of its customers. Even if someone were to try and demand the release of user’s data, there would be nothing of value to release. When you use one of our VPN’s to browse the Internet, your IP address essentially becomes invisible. The IP address of the VPN is the only one revealed. So, even if a specific site like Google is tracking IP addresses they will only be able to trace the address back to the VPN server, not your local machine.

The other reason a VPN is effective for privacy is that the data you send through your VPN connection is encrypted and cannot be read. That means that hackers and data thieves will find it nigh impossible to see the data you are transmitting.

The thing about Internet privacy is that no one really thinks too much about it until their own privacy has been violated. What we suggest to our website visitors is to take a proactive approach to Internet security and put measures in place to prevent a breach from happening in the first place. Remember the old proverb. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That saying applies to the Internet. It is a lot easier to preserve your privacy with a VPN than it is to clean up a mess afterwards.

3 Steps for a VPN

01

Sign upGet an affordable VPN account.

02

ConnectConfigure the VPN on your device.

03

Enjoy VPNEnjoy the benefits of a VPN today.

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Connect & Enjoy: Internet Freedom, Privacy & security.