Safe internet on the go on your smartphone
The chances are not very high that you will soon be traveling abroad. But the chance that you will make a (short) journey within the Netherlands is not inconceivable in the current situation in which we find ourselves, but it will probably not be more than the (train) journey to work, your studies, your internship, to family. or friends.
You probably always have your smartphone and / or laptop with you to be able to enjoy yourself on the go or to do some work. On the way to your destination you can often use public WiFi. A WiFi network will also be available at the location that you can use. Unfortunately, these public WiFi networks are not always safe. In addition, the connection is often not very stable and choosing the right network is sometimes quite risky.
We have a number of useful tips for you so that you can still use the internet safely while on the road, both at home and abroad. With these tips you protect your own safety online and you can also save money! Who would not want that?
Logging into public Wi-Fi networks involves some risks. The connection can sometimes be very slow and you unwantedly share more information than you would like. Ideally, you want to protect your privacy as much as possible and be able to use the internet safely on the go. Fortunately, a Virtual Private Network (VPN) offers the solution. But how can a VPN help you to use the internet safely when you are on the go?
What is VPN?
VPN is the abbreviation for Virtual Private Network and simply explained, a VPN ensures that your IP address is adjusted by connecting to a server from another country. This way you can access the internet anonymously and your IP address (and therefore also location) is secret. You surf, as it were, on a private network and your data is not visible. Using a VPN connection makes the internet a lot easier and safer! VPN acts as an intermediary between your smartphone, tablet or laptop and the server, as it were. Below we therefore give a number of security tips and a saving tip!
1. Protect your data on the internet
When you are on the road, you use your data bundle in the Netherlands. That is easy and often quite fast. It is often slightly different abroad. Internet is often expensive and you are more likely to run out of your bundle since you cannot always use WiFi. So there is a good chance that you will have to log into public Wi-Fi networks regularly. But also in the Netherlands it is sometimes necessary or easier to log in to a public WiFi network.
Sometimes you do not have to enter a password for these types of networks, so literally anyone can use the internet connection. These WiFi networks are unreliable, because hackers can easily attack the network and view and even steal your personal information. In order to still be able to use these types of networks safely, it is recommended to protect your data online with a VPN connection. With a VPN you can connect anonymously to a public WiFi network, so hackers cannot just view your data. Therefore, always use a VPN connection if you want to be on the safe side and want to guarantee your privacy.
2. Check for HTTPS
If you are using a public network, you can check in the browser whether you are dealing with an encrypted connection. The S stands for secure. The website owner has a security certificate on his or her website that indicates that the data traffic on the website is encrypted. You can easily check whether there is a lock (sometimes with the name of the website), whether it says https or whether it simply says “secured”. To be on the safe side, you can click on it so that you can see if the certificate is valid and by whom it was issued. Do you not see a lock or https? Then be extra careful. Do not log in to the site, do not enter personal information and if it concerns a website of your employer, please contact your employer.
3. Use two factor authentication
Another tip is two factor authentication. This is a more secure way of logging in, which requires an extra factor to log in in addition to using a login name and password. This can be a text message that you receive on your phone, it can be a code via an authentication app or, for example, via facial recognition. It is advisable to set up two factor authentication on the websites where this is possible, it adds an extra factor that is more difficult to crack.
4. Do not use online banking and do not make financial transactions
It is not wise to use internet banking or to conduct financial transactions on a public network. After all, security is often not in order and the last thing you want is for hackers to gain access to your financial data.
Save money when booking hotels and flights
You can save money booking flights and accommodations by using a VPN. The prices of flights and accommodations can sometimes vary considerably per location. If you’re booking an overnight stay and a plane ticket, it’s best to compare prices by trying different VPN locations. So you sign up on servers from different countries to see the prices per location. For example, put your location on North America or an Eastern European country and you will see that it can sometimes save tens to hundreds of euros per booking. In this way you earn back the few euros per month that you spend on your VPN connection twice over!