Online privacy is a huge issue in the world today and solutions to protect your privacy are hitting the mainstream.
The most common and cost effective solution to protecting your online privacy is to use a service called a VPN.
You’ve probably already heard of VPN services so you’ll know they’re an effective tool for protecting your online privacy.
In fact, we advocate VPN use so much we pretty much think every internet user should be making use of them.
However, VPN services are not infallible and depending on your own usage will also depend on how much privacy protection they afford you.
The big connection question
Regardless of how safety savvy you are connecting to a VPN service is the time when most personal data leaks are likely to occur.
Remembering to actually run a VPN service is difficult for many people and if you’re one of them you’re certainly not alone.
We’ve even done it ourselves, spend 30 seconds or so using our system before remembering to load up the VPN and connect.
Most good VPN clients now offer the ability to auto launch on boot of your mobile device or desktop system and then even auto connect which ensures you get connected as early as possible.
But what about the split seconds just before and while connecting?
Most computers, laptops, tablets and phones are set in a way that they do most of their updating, checking, sending and receiving of emails and more within a fraction of a second of detecting an internet connection.
Essentially this means any automated processes are usually carried out instantly before a VPN client has even had a chance to auto load, not to mention the additional time spent connecting.
It is in these vital seconds that your personal privacy and data is at risk.
On your home network it’s not too much of an issue but when using public Wi-Fi networks such as at a Cafe, Hotel or Airport is when you really increase your risks.
The solution to losing privacy in the split seconds of connection is to invest in a hardware based VPN device.
There are tons on the market right now including the Invizbox Go, Shellfire, Keezel, Anonabox and a whole host more in pre-production and post-production.
Apart from the Keezel which appears to be unobtainable, we’ve tested most of these.
As technology has progressed the most recently released Invizbox Go offers the best overall solution.
It’s a standalone hardware device the works by creating the VPN connection within the device itself. It then creates a new Wi-Fi hotspot.
You connect the Invizbox Go to your home or the public Wi-Fi network and then you connect your computer or mobile device to the InvizBox Go itself.
You can see when the InvizBox Go has created a VPN connection so there is no fear that any data will be leaked when connecting which is usually the case when using a software based VPN solution.
So, while a software VPN solution is essential in this day and age, for added privacy we recommend investing in a hardware solution which will protect your internet usage right from the get go.