Do you use social networks? If so, you probably share some very important information over them. These days, it is difficult not to. So much of our social lives are conducted using social media that it is practically inevitable that we will share something important that we wouldn’t want to go public. And though you can try to curb such instances, a better approach is not to avoid them, but rather to protect you social networking so that when you share something private, there is no chance of anyone intercepting it.
You may not be aware of it, but anytime you send information over your internet connection, there are a lot of people looking in at what you say and send. Your internet service provider, for one, has access to every last bit of information you communicate over your internet connection. Same goes for your government, which cannot subpoena information from your ISP, or may have direct access to all the information that is sent over your network. And of course any individuals who work for your ISP and the government might be listening in on your online communications, and anything they see could be used for unofficial purposes that you wouldn’t like.
And of course, that’s to say nothing of hackers and the creators of malware who work to steal others’ information online. In total, there are tons of people who either do have access to your information, or would like to get access. And if you don’t take steps to guard your social media connections from them, the consequences can be dire.
Take Your Communications Private
But you don’t have to sacrifice your privacy anytime you go online. Just because these outsiders want access to your information doesn’t mean you have to grant it. And keeping them out is actually quite easy. No technical expertise or computer science background is required.
All it takes is for you to use a VPN service. VPN is an abbreviation for “virtual private network,” and what VPN services do is shield your online activities from everyone who wants to listen in on them: ISPs, government, hackers, everyone.
When you run a VPN service on your computer, your internet activities will be totally shielded from others’ prying eyes. Nothing that you send over the internet will be visible, and you don’t have to worry about your privacy being compromised. And that way, you can use social networks to their full potential without ever worrying about your privacy.