A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is your own secured private connection to the Internet wherever you are in the world. It is you and the computer at the other end talking on that 'channel', and nobody else.
VPN technology helps to keep you safe by encrypting the Internet traffic between you and our servers, on any type of Internet connection (wired, wireless, secured, unsecured).
The bad guys try to intercept your communications in order to steal your information for nefarious reasons (Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud, Account Takeover Attacks, even blackmail).
How do these bad guys get your information when you don't have a VPN?
- If you are connecting to the internet from an Internet connection that you do not control (Coffee Shop, Hotel, Airport, neighbors WiFi), you run the risk of being exposed.
- If you do not control your own Internet router (patch updates, device monitoring, administrative password modification), you run the risk of being exposed.
- When you don't control the access point, or Internet connection, you don't know who is listening to the traffic. Any traffic that is unencrypted is vulnerable.
By connecting to the Internet through a VPN you essentially block the bad guys from being able to see and understand the traffic that you are sending and receiving.
Have you ever heard of the Navajo Code Talkers from World War II? They spoke to one another in their native language and used words to symbolize different pieces of information they needed to convey. Their adversaries couldn't understand what was being said, therefore not being able to break the encryption of the communications. The same can be said for the Enigma machines used to encrypt information from submarines to headquarters. Whereas the Enigma machines encryption was able to be broken, our Patriot VPN services utilizes Military Grade AES-256 bit encryption to ensure the communications stay private. Patrick Nohe at thesslstore.com state in an article: "Even if you use Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2), the fastest supercomputer in the world, it will take millions of years to crack 256-bit AES encryption."
So, simply put, nobody is hacking your encrypted messages anytime soon.
Stay tuned as we continue publishing articles that further explain how things work with a VPN.