Why Should I Get A VPN?
First, let’s talk a little bit about just what a VPN is. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and it’s basically a software that the user installs on his or her device that hides the user’s IP address, making it virtually invisible to other people. Your IP address is also encrypted, adding even more security, and your online presence is channeled through the VPN’s private servers.
Why would you want one? Your personal information could be at risk every time you log onto the internet. Evildoers are just waiting to get the chance to get your data, to sell it or use it for bad purposes.
With a VPN, Hackers can’t hack your data, because they don’t see your IP address and don’t know it’s there. You can browse worry free from public access locations, such as coffee shops, hotels, etc because, as I said before, your IP address runs through the VPN servers and is encrypted.
Here’s a short 4-minute You Tube video explaining what a VPN is and how it works.
Some Vulnerabilities When Browsing Without A VPN
If you don’t have a VPN, your data is not hidden when you are online, making your data vulnerable to:
- Man-in-the-middle attacks, a form of eavesdropping where a hacker intercepts you between your computer and the server you are using, to listen in on you.
- Unencrypted networks. If the network you are on is not encrypted, anyone can listen in or follow your internet activity.
- Malware vulnerability. Your computer can be susceptible to malware attacks.
- Snooping or sniffing, another form of eavesdropping hackers use to steal your data.
- Malicious hotspots. Hackers set up a WiFi hotspot that is similar to the one you think you should be using, and you can log on to an illegitimate WiFi network, exposing your data to the hackers.
With a VPN, you can use your virtual private network at public WIFI locations and access the public networks remotely.
VPNs have been used by corporations for quite a while to protect their data between business locations. Now, more and more individuals are using them too.
There’s a lot of deep-in-the-weeds technical stuff explaining the security measures and features of a VPN. Words such as IPSee, Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP), Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Point-to-point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP), and Secure Shell (SSH).
I hope you’re not asking me to explain these terms, I’m not a techie. About all I know it that these protocols and features is that they enhance the features of the virtual private network.
Should I Get A VPN For My Internet Business?
Well, in my opinion a VPN is a great idea for a business that wants to keep its data and procedures secure. A business VPN will do that.
But, what if your business is selling online? If you hide your website with a VPN, how will you attract customers? If they can’t see you, they will end up going somewhere else.
I might be wrong, but with my limited experience in this area, (I haven’t tried a VPN, just researched them), if you are an affiliate marketer or selling with a web store, then a VPN might be a bad idea. You actually WANT customers to stumble onto your website.
I’ve read some posts that advocate using a VPN to enhance SEO strategies, such as using the VPN server to mask your searches of your Pay-Per-Click adverts so as not to skew the data, but I haven’t found anything regarding online sales.
I remain of the opinion that if you’re a blogger who is also into affiliate marketing, a VPN will not enhance your marketing efforts. In fact, I think it will hinder them.
If you know or think differently, drop me a comment and let’s discuss it.
Now That I’ve Mentioned Online Marketing…
A lot of people have thought about taking advantage of the opportunities that the internet offers to earn an income. A lot of people have done it. I’m doing it myself with my blog.
I decided to become involved in affiliate marketing. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a business where you connect customers online with products that they are looking for and want to buy, and you are paid a commission by the company that sells the product.
You never have to stock products, or deal with returns or complaints. The company does that. What you do is review and recommend products within a blog and earn commissions. Of course, that’s oversimplified, but it’s a popular business model on the internet.
One of the products that I am promoting is an affiliate marketing training website called Wealthy Affiliate. It’s like an online university for affiliate marketing. If you want to become involved in affiliate marketing, I highly recommend this site because, unlike most, it will let you join for FREE, and will even give you your first 10 lessons free and provide you with 2 free professional websites to get you started.
Of course there’s training you pay for, too. It’s called Premium training and it’s well worth the cost. Please note, though, that there is no requirement to upgrade to premium. You can remain a free member for as long as you want.
As an added bonus, Wealthy Affiliate lets free members take advantage of the same benefits that premium members do for 7 days. That gives you a chance to see whether going premium is something you may want to consider.
When you sign up, no one asks you for a credit card. It’s not like those sites that let you have a free period that expires after a certain time and then your credit card is charged if you don’t remember to cancel. WA isn’t like that. The whole thing is in YOUR hands.
All that they ask for when you sign up is to choose a picture for your profile and write a short bio. That unlocks your free benefits.
If you like to write, have things to say and opinions that you think matter, then having an online blog might be for you. You can monetize that blog while you’re at it and start your own online business.
Why not expand your horizons and start your online business TODAY!
DISCLOSURE: The FTC requires that readers be informed that clicking on an affiliate link contained within this blog could result in me being paid a commission if you purchase a product. That, in a nutshell, is how affiliate marketing works.
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