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– Cassie Phillips
As a blogger, there’s plenty to think about: quality of content, improving our reach or even what the best platform to use is. A lot of the time we put so much focus on getting our blog up, running and successful that things such as internet security aren’t often considered.
However, due to the cyber threats of the modern age, considering the privacy and online safety of our website can be an essential element to its success. There are many ways to improve security, and with so many blogging platforms offering their own inbuilt systems, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of using a VPN. However, for most people blogging on-the-go, having a good VPN installed should be an integral part of any security repertoire.
What is a VPN?
A VPN stands for Virtual Personal Network. To access a VPN, you simply sign up for a service plan with your chosen provider, who subsequently sends you a software pack or app. Once installed, these networks can seriously increase your online security when using WiFi hotspots or other points of shared internet connection. They work by creating a point-to-point connection that mimics using a private network.
From this, they then encrypt your data and assign you a false IP address, so not only is your location was hidden but also, any prying eyes won’t be able to access your data and view your online activity. This means that once under the protection of VPN, you can browse the internet freely with a much higher level of security.
Why Use a VPN?
There any many reasons why a VPN is an extremely useful tool to have. First, from an internet privacy point of view, it’s essential when out and about and connecting to public WiFi. Many malicious hackers use these networks to access personal information so logging on unprotected could result in identity theft, lost credit card information and thieves gaining access to the passwords of any sites you might visit, amongst other things.
Similarly, they significantly decrease your risk of contracting malware and cyber attacks, which could shut down your device and make it unusable, which would be a disaster as so many of us rely on our technology for work and play! Alongside the privacy elements, a VPN is great when overseas for accessing content that has been geo-blocked or for those worried about governments spying on online activity.
Benefits for Bloggers
Although a VPN is an essential for everyone who regularly goes online, it has significantly more benefit for bloggers. Because of the nature of the work, bloggers connect to the internet regularly from many different locations. Whether it’s sitting down to a serious writing session in the local coffee shop or checking in on updates whilst on the train home, every login from a public WiFi increases your risk of a cyber attack both on your personal details and on your blog itself.
Even if you’re using other security methods, such as an SSL, your site can be infiltrated and hacked. Whether it’s through a specifically targeted attack or just an opportunistic hacker, it’s not worth running the risk. Alongside this, geo-blocking can be disastrous for those trying to blog from abroad. Starting a new article only to find that your research is brought to a sudden halt by the website restrictions of that country. With a VPN, this is something you’ll never have to worry about again!
Which VPN to choose?
There are a lot of VPN’s on the market, and unsurprisingly, their quality significantly varies. Although you can easily download a free service, sometimes investing a paid VPN can be much more worthwhile. First, paid providers usually have a faster and more reliable service, which is an undeniable benefit as every time you lose connection to the server you become as exposed as if you hadn’t used a VPN in the first place.
Alongside this, paid VPN services usually provide a simpler user interface and customer support, which can be essential for those new to the concept and struggling to get themselves set up. Finally, different VPNs work better depending on where you are in the world so this is another element to consider when choosing your provider. There are many comprehensive lists of the best VPNs on the internet and in-depth reviews of all the services, so it only takes a little bit of research to find the one that works best for you.
As a blogger, the tips and tricks you find on the internet are essential to improving the quality of your blog, and this one is no different. Committing to using a VPN you from complete disaster. If you have any other tips for blogging securely or have a favorite VPN that you already use, please share it with us in the comments below!
This is a guest post by Cassie Phillips. Cassie is a blogger for securethoughts.com, a great website for keeping up with all the latest information about online security. She highly recommends using a VPN as the first port of call for anyone looking to improve their internet safety!