Recently, it became public knowledge that the Protect VPN app for iPhone is sending more than a significant amount of data back to Facebook. This seems particularly disheartening to VPN users who sought and chose this VPN service to enhance their personal security and to limit the amount of data that they share over the internet. So what now? Whats the point of a VPN then?
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The internet is still a pretty unsafe place. Hackers and other criminals are stealing information all the time, governments and big telecom companies are trying to pry into our browsing habits to control and capture what information we access. There are a whole host of unsavory things out there and a VPN is an effective tool to help protect you from it all.
If you haven’t considered adding SSL encryption to your webpage yet, you should. SSL encryption has a lot of benefits to consider and really no reasons not to. If making sure your visitors feel safe seems important to you, or if SEO results matter much to your site, then you probably should follow along with this very simple tutorial. This article is really meant to walk you through how easy it is for anyone to set up.
Before we start, what is SSL?
SSL stands for “Secure Socket Layer”. This is a standard technology used to create an encrypted channel between a server and a browser. This is meant to allow sensitive information to pass securely between a user and a server without being at risk of data theft or “man in the middle” attacks.
SMTP is an abbreviation for “Simple Mail Transfer Protocol”. SMTP is a type of accepted protocol which allows different computers to exchange information in a previously agreed upon and understandable way. Through the process of standardization over time we all hope to increase efficiency overall. This protocol improves our lives everyday but you may not have noticed until now.
A normal desktop computer such as the one that you have at home or in your office runs a user friendly OS and applications focused on day to day desktop uses. A server on the other hand is an entirely different beast. Meant to manage network resources, a server is dedicated to only those types of tasks.
VPS stands for virtual private server. A virtual private server is just like a dedicated server except its actually being virtualized in a shared host environment.
Ever noticed certain web addresses start with “http://” while others might start with “https://”? When you browse sites that require you to provide sensitive information like credit card numbers or other sensitive personal info you might have noticed that extra “s” pop up from time to time. That extra “s” means that you are visiting a site that is secured and encrypted. Any data that you will share with that site will be protected by a technology we call SSL, otherwise known as Secure Sockets Layer.
A VPN is also known as a Virtual Private Network and despite its techy sounding name it is actually a very simple idea that almost anyone can use in their day to day internet activities.