Sunday, June 19, 2011

In Security, Freedom, In Freedom, Security...at work and at home.

I’ve talked previously about how Golden Frog’s VyprVPN guards your online activity and communications from your ISP, data snoops and hackers, restoring your online privacy, security and freedom. By using a personal VPN (Virtual Private Network), you create a secure connection on cellular networks, public Wi-Fi, and from anywhere you connect to the Internet.

You’ll recall a VPN is a private network that uses a public network (usually the Internet) to connect remote sites or users together. The VPN uses "virtual" connections routed through the Internet, for example, from a business's private network to a remote site or employee. By using a VPN, businesses ensure security: anyone intercepting the encrypted data can't read it. A VPN creates a secure Internet connection whereby your Internet provider sees only encrypted data, and the final destination sees only the VPN location and IP information.

For business travelers this can be ideal when using unsecured public Wi-Fi during layovers in airports, when staying at the hotel on the road, in remote office locations or when meeting with clients at their facilities. But what about the local commuter who might stop into the corner café down the road or just out of the subway from the home office? This employee requires protection too.

And what about the folks at home?

With the proliferation of digital access and wireless devices spread between Mom and Dad and son(s) or daughter(s) – between the smartphones, iPhones, tablets, laptops, desk tops, and game consoles – just how many ways and to what degree are our family’s online privacy and security potentially threatened?

The answer? A whole lot.

In a June 12, 2011 article that appeared online at Examiner.com, Lauryn Escobar examined the issue of Internet safety and privacy concerning society’s most vulnerable: our children. Sure, the Internet is a great place to find information for research, education and entertainment. But as more social networks and powerful search engines are created, we’re losing our privacy and security in ways that we can’t anticipate. With only an IP address, criminals and cyberbullies are able to find out both you and your child's location. In addition, with simple searches, these same people can find out what websites you’ve visited, including social networking sites. While many social network sites provide privacy settings to control who can see your child, many issues still remain, including account hacking. To date, hundreds of thousands of profiles belonging to children have been hacked with all of their information and photos released on the internet.

Golden Frog’s VyprVPN, which utilizes high-grade encryption, tunneling and anonymous IP address based browsing, can help to protect your children online. VyprVPN can be installed on a number of devices and platforms, including desktop, laptop, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android; running Mac OS X, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems.

As with many things between parents and children, communication, accepted rules and boundaries, and plain, common sense usually keep everyone happy—and secure.

But for the business traveler, or the parent, seeking more peace of mind and freedom from worry, you might also employ a personal VPN, like Golden Frog’s VyprVPN.

For more information about Golden Frog’s VyprVPN visit:  www.goldenfrog.com

About the Author: 

Ilissa Miller is Managing Partner of Jaymie Scotto & Associates, is a full-service public relations and marketing firm with proven experience in delivering strategic branding, design and communications for the emerging technology and telecommunications industries.  For inquiries, please email sales@jaymiescotto.com or visit www.jaymiescotto.com.

 

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