2016 was the year which recorded the highest number of cyber attacks across the web. Hackers managed to steal over 2 billion records from multiple targets which included the largest corporations over the world. To give you an idea on how bad it was last here, here is a rundown of the largest data breaches.
- LinkedIn stated that 117 million accounts were stolen.
- 65 million accounts in Tumblr got compromised.
- Yahoo suffered the biggest setback as 500 million accounts got hacked.
- 427 million MySpace logins was stolen
- 50 TB of data was stolen from NSA.
If the world’s most powerful organizations are vulnerable to cyber attacks, imagine how vigilant a user must be to protect themselves against hackers. One of the safest ways to protect yourself online is by using a VPN.
What is a VPN?
A VPN or a Virtual Private Network is a private network that allows its users to use the web safely. The users have to login into the VPN and the provider will give them access to different computers and networks which will encrypt their data. All data that is sent through a VPN is anonymous, making it inaccessible to hackers.
Why should you be using a VPN?
A VPN will protect attacks against the following:
- Authentication details
If hackers get your authentication details to your email, cloud storage accounts, and retirement portfolios to name a few, every online account you know will be at risk.
- Classified information
Have you stored any private or personal documents on cloud storage? It will be compromised if hackers attack the cloud service.
- Medical records
Hackers steal medical records and sell the details on the black market. They will also use your details to create an insurance account and bill you for it.
- Payment data
All the information that you enter while using your debit and credit cards online, can be stolen by hackers. They can use these details to make fraudulent purchases or drain your bank account.
How do choose the right VPN?
Any VPN that you use should support all the protocols as not every protocol provides the same amount of security. They need to have multiple servers in multiple locations so that your data is safe. On top of that, they should allow multiple connections and they shouldn’t throttle or restrict bandwidth. Also, make sure that they don’t provide logs.
Stay safe online with a VPN as you may never know when your account is compromised.