23 Jul 2013

How Does VPN work as part of a Layered Internet Data Security Strategy? (Part 2)

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Dear Reader,

How a VPN works in conjunction with an overall personal Internet Data Security Strategy is the subject of this blog post.  In my previous post, I outlined how we use layered security without even knowing it when it comes to everyday life.  I used an analogy of how we use a layered security in protecting our vehicles and then we had you think through how you would do the same for your home.

Here is how I protect myself while using the Internet (a layered security)

  1. My computer requires a strong password to sign-in when turned on.
  2. My screen saver will timeout and then requires a password to resume use again
  3. I always connect through my http://surfsafevpn.net VPN service
  4. My Wi-Fi and router have a strong password protected (no “admin” or “1234″)
  5. My virus and malware software is up to date (automatically updated several times a day)
  6. I am aware of my presence on the Internet (whether the site is http: or a secure https: site or page)
  7. I never click on a link inside an email that I do not have full confidence that it is legitimate (by hovering my cursor over it to reveal it’s true destination – then watch out for re-directs once there)
  8. I never click on an advertisement that does not have a clearly valid and known domain name (see hovering technique above)
  9. All my system software is kept up to date to ensure all known security holes are fixed
  10. I clear out my cache on a regular basis – just to keep things from auto-populating. 

My “key” through the Internet Doorway is through my SurfSafeVPN.net.  You should use SurfSafeVPN.net for your key to the Internet as well. Give it a 7-day free test drive available at http://surfsafevpn.net.

My next post will discuss “How a VPN Can Keep You Anonymous While on the Internet.”  Beware, as not all VPN services provide the same privacy protection. 

Until then … Stay Secure!

Bob Listerman

Your Data Risk Manager

Check out our VPN tool at http://surfsafevpn.net

Twitter: @DataRiskMgr

Stats for 2013 to date: 1,521,303 records lost from 271 data breaches. 81 of the 271 were from Hackers.  That’s almost 30%! Source: Privacyrights.org


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