My husband and I have been traveling a lot this past year, and with deaths and illnesses, it looks like we will be on the road for months to come. When I am traveling, it is essential that I am still about to pay my bills, check my accounts, blog, stream, and all of the daily tasks that I do. If you are traveling this winter or anytime, I highly suggest checking out Webroot WiFi Security.
When connecting to any WiFi network either on the road or at home, Webroot WiFi Security is specifically designed to protect consumers from malicious threats that could steal financial and personal information, passwords, or even infect a device with malware. Additionally Webroot WiFi Security provides anonymity and privacy, automatically hiding IP addresses and encrypting data to keep users safe.
Andy Mallinger, Director of Product, Consumer, Webroot
“Cybercriminals are constantly looking for ways to gain access to personal information, from setting up fake networks to deploying sniffers to capture browsing data. One of the best ways for a person to protect themselves online is by always using a private and secure network connection. Built on a proven platform and the power of Webroot BrightCloud Threat Intelligence, WiFi Security is the most effective VPN solution available.”
Why You Should Use A VPN While Traveling
As more people use public WiFi and cybercriminals are getting better at attacks, virtual private networks (VPNs) are becoming an increasingly critical tool for average consumers to stay safe. While they may sound complicated to use, VPNs are actually super simple. Just like anti-virus software, you download an application, open it, click “connect” and it runs in the background helping you securely browse the internet.
What is a VPN?
A VPN is an application that keeps your information private and secures while surfing the web from your mobile device or your computer.
How does a VPN work?
You open your VPN like you would any other program and, if required, click the “connect” button to form your secure connection. The VPN encrypts or makes the data being sent between your computer and the internet unintelligible to the internet provider (Comcast, Optimum, etc.) and anyone else who might be on it (prying eyes, cybercriminals, etc.).
Example: You’re at Starbucks connected to the free WiFi and you want to purchase something off of Amazon. Without a VPN, it would be possible for cybercriminals to see and steal both your login information (username and password) as well as the payment information you use to make the purchase (credit or debit card). They’ll also be able to tell what websites you visited during your entire session.
Or, maybe you’re working remote or are a nomadic worker and want to be able to securely send your colleagues emails without having to worry about your username and password being stolen or an unauthorized source reading the contents of your communications – a VPN has you covered.
Why should you use a VPN?
- Credit card and identity fraud are on the rise. A VPN acts like a shield protecting you from the threats that can exploit the information being sent back and forth from the internet to your device including some attacks that inject malware into your system.
- A VPN also hides your browsing history from your internet service provider and your identifying information (IP address or location information) from the websites you visit, protecting your privacy.
- Because websites don’t have access to your accurate information, VPNs can help you score better deals like cheaper plane ticket since marketers and algorithms can’t accurate profile you or know your identity.
- It can help you access content while abroad. Due to licensing agreements, not all programs are accessible in every country, but that doesn’t mean you need to miss the season finale of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” while on that winter beach holiday. By setting your location to a specific region, you’ll be able to access the local content there. While streaming services like Netflix and HBO actively try to block VPN traffic, they aren’t great at doing so and many services get through.
Can I just use a free VPN service?
As the old saying goes, if the product is free, you are the product. If you’re not paying directly for a product or service with money, you are paying for it with your data. Free or ad-supported services will still protect your internet connection from hackers, but it won’t protect your privacy as providers sell user data in order to make a profit. Facebook’s VPN service was recently removed from Apple’s App Store because it was found to be collecting user data.
Why is Webroot’s VPN the best solution available?
Unlike other companies that just provide VPNs, Webroot has a robust offering of security products that protect against everything from antivirus to phishing – it’s applying that deep security knowledge to its new WiFi security service. Key features include:
- For users on Windows®, Mac® or Android™ operating systems, Webroot WiFi Security provides an extra layer of protection powered by Webroot’s Bright Cloud threat intelligence that constantly scans the web looking for and flagging potentially malicious websites helping customers avoid getting infected with malware
- Auto-connect feature that automatically activates if a user connects to an unsecured network, helping protect users even if they forget to turn it on
- A proven track record of over 20 years’ experience in internet security
- Military-grade encryption
- Simplicity – easy setup and auto-connect
- Multidevice support
- Award-winning 24/7 customer service
- Unlimited data – go ahead and leave it on all the time for round-the-clock protection