Many VPN companies promise to use strong encryption to secure data, and say they protect users’ privacy by not storing records of where people access the service or what they do while connected. However, most people – including VPN customers – don’t have the skills to double-check that they’re getting what they paid for.
About a quarter of internet users use a virtual private network, a software setup that creates a secure, encrypted data connection between their own computer and another one elsewhere on the internet. Many people use them to protect their privacy when using Wi-Fi hotspots, or to connect securely to workplace networks while traveling. Other users are concerned about surveillance from governments and internet providers.
If everything worked the way it was supposed to, someone snooping on the person’s computer would not see all their internet activity – just an unintelligible connection to that one computer. Any companies, governments or hackers spying on overall internet traffic could still spot a computer transmitting sensitive information or browsing Facebook at the office – but would think that activity was happening on a different computer than the one the person is really using.
The NBN trucks have been working in my neighbourhood and, according to the advertising material in my letterbox, I'll soon be able to access faster speeds and all the goodness that comes from this major nation-building infrastructure project.
As I already enjoy 100Mbps downloads thanks to Telstra's HFC network, I'm looking for what the NBN will offer that's better. Sadly, it turns out that faster plans are invisible or non-existent.
Bunnings is offering some great deals on outdoor items with free postage via Ebay. From Eskys to storage units, tables, gazebos and more, there's sure to be something you need at a great price. The only thing you'll miss is the sausage.