VPN Services are a great way to secure you browsing and to make your internet more secure. If you use a Laptop, Smartphone of Tablet in a coffee shop or any public location then follow these simple steps to prevent hackers from snooping in on your internet browsing.
In this Article I will show you. How to use a VPN. How to choose a VPN, and setup a VPN for private browsing.
VPN stands for Virtual Private network. They have been around since the days of dial-up internet, and have been used to secure office to office communications for many years. If you are ever accessing private content across a public network (The Internet) then it will most likely been over a VPN. This is not the same as HTTPS though which is used to secure the browser for services like card transactions.
The main use for you to use a VPN is to make your internet more secure when you take your laptop or smartphone away from your home network and out onto a public wifi hotspot. When you access these hotspots they can sometimes be watched by hackers and they can look at the traffic going through the hotspot.
Another plus side to using a VPN is if you want to watch something on BBC iPlayer but your away on holiday, you can use a VPN to make it appear as if you are in the UK as services like iPlayer are blocked outside of the UK.
There are a ton of paid VPN Services out there and sometimes it is worth paying for these subscribes services. Check out this article on paid VPN Services. But some of the best Virtual Private networks are turning out to be free.
I am going to show you how to setup a VPN on your Laptop or desktop using hotspot Shield so you can see the process. There are many other Free VPN Providers out there and almost all of them provide services for Smartphones and Tablets as well.
How to make your internet more secure
Go to hotsportsheild.com and you will see on the homepage screen two options. If you don’t mind seeing a few adverts and for the purpose of this tutorial go ahead a click the Free Download Button.
Once the program has downloaded go to your downloads folder or to where ever you selected to save the file. Go ahead and click to start the program.
Once you have gone through the installation process go ahead and open up the program. Once the program is open you will see in the top left of the screen a menu icon. Click this and then click into settings and you will see a screen that looks like this.
Once on this page I would make sure all the settings are deactivated as I would recommend you only start Hotspot Shield when you need to.
Once you have finished setting up Hotspot Shield it is really easy to start the VPN and make your internet more secure. Go back to the home screen and you will see something that looks like this.
Go ahead and hit the red switch next to the Disconnect word. And that’s it your connected to a VPN and browsing privately. If you sign up to the elite service you get the choice of location. Unfortunately its unavailable for the free service but at least you know your secure.
If you dont take you laptop away from home but want to find out if your wifi is secure at home then check out this great article by Bradley Mitchell on lifewire
If you have any thoughts or want to share ideas of how you secure your internet when out and about comment below.