What Every VPN Provider Is Missing

from Fast Company

I don’t know a lot about security, but I do know that when I use public Wi-Fi—whether on my phone, tablet, or laptop—I should be protecting my traffic with a virtual private network.

For those unfamiliar with VPNs, the concept is basically that you use a simple piece of software to open up a private channel to a trusted server, through which you route all your browsing, email, uploading, and downloading, etc. A good VPN keeps your identity private, your data secure and helps mask your location, even from the provider of the internet connection you’re using to connect to the VPN. Those benefits are highly desirable in today’s privacy-scarce world, and by and large, VPNs are not technically demanding to use. Still, the whole concept of consumer-ready virtual private networks is sorely lacking when it comes to good user experience design.

Moore here.

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  1. The first time I ever heard of what VPN is was this past week in our legal foundations of business course. We just happened to talk about social media, privacy, and what we should do to protect ourselves and then VPN came up in conversation. I was very excited to see this article posted on the blog because I’ve wanted to learn more about what VPN is after hearing a brief description of it. In this “privacy-scarce world” that we live in, everything we have done in the past can be found and anywhere we go back be figured out. After reading the first few paragraphs of this article, I really understood the importance of VPN providers. Learning about what a VPN is for, why it’s needed and how it can protect someone is easy to do when it’s described in detail in an article like this. Personally, I would not consider myself a “technologically savvy user” as described in the reading. I understand how to use technology and how to do whatever I need to do on it, but I am not savvy when it comes to the actual technological terms, for example, a virtual private network (VPN). For someone like me, when experimenting with VPN and trying to use one, I can see how it is hard to understand and how difficult it can become to choose the perfect provider when they all seem the same. I strongly agree with the idea mentioned by the author, Khoi Vinh, “there’s also an opportunity for VPN software to make the very value they’re providing more understandable and transparent.” When I looked further into some of the providers, it became so confusing to me what these companies were providing and why it was better than the other. For example, I looked into IPVanish and CyberGhost, both of which were a bit complicated to understand when reading into it. As someone who likes to view options and figure out what is best for me especially if I am paying for it, I am “very likely to be overwhelmed by the choice” as it says in the article. A bunch of choices of things that all seem to do the same thing and are too complicated to understand may only cause frustration to the consumer who is trying to choose a provider. I agree with what this article is saying because VPN is an important thing that not enough people know about, or use. We connect to whatever Wi-Fi is available and don’t think twice about what we are allowing others to see while being connected to that server. Allowing more people to be aware about VPN can only decrease the amount of information we are giving people for no reason. Going back to the idea of choosing a provider, a brilliant idea is what the author mentioned, having some sort of monthly subscription which allows someone to try different providers. This is important to someone who wants the best VPN provider and may want to use it for more than one device. Security and privacy are things that are not valued enough, most teenagers have no idea what a VPN provider is and that is very unfortunate, especially because they’re probably the ones who need it the most. VPN technology is already extremely innovative and developed but I do agree with these few points made by the author in which VPN can be upgraded.

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