Our lives more or less 100% digital. There is not much that can`t be done online anymore. In essence, we and our digital and ultimately physical privacy are exposed. Credit cards, social security numbers, your addresses, and whereabouts are in the hands of corporations and strangers. And it is difficult to control, but with a VPN, or a Virtual Private Network you can still remain anonymous.
A Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short, works as a shield for your real location telling apps, websites and anyone snooping around a different location than the real one.
It hides your online footprint
When you are connected to the internet, either through your phone or a computer, you leave traces behind telling a lot about who you are, where you are, where you have been, what you are interested in, and who your friends or family are.
Today artificial intelligence (AI) is so good that putting together all the pieces you leave behind surfing the web gives a pretty clear picture of us. Read more about digital identity.
For governments, this is a way of controlling the population, as it can track the moves, wishes, and want of the public. But Imagine behind denied a mortgage because your credit-rating has information about your online behavior. Such a social credit system is a genuine possibility.
Hide from criminals & hackers
There are many precautions to make, like ensuring your webcam is covered, but that does not help if someone is already logged into your device.
If someone gains access to the network you are connected to, it is easy for them to get all the content of your computer or your cloud storage, such as the now infamous “the fappening” where celebrities ICloud accounts was hacked.
Free online services are free for a reason
Hiding behind a VPN is great, as it will confuse the targeted advertiser as they are not able to see your real location. And to be honest, who owns your data?
To install and use ProtonVPN is very easy.
So depending on your operating system, you can choose the one that suits your need. They also have an open source version if you want to use ProtonVPN on third-party clients such as OpenVPN.
Where to find it
For the Free Option. Just Your Email or Protonmail Account.
How to Download and Install
You will get an email from ProtonMail.com, not protonVPN, in it, you will find a verification key to input here:
Now add a username (remember the username as you need it to log in later) and a password.
You can now download your preferred client.
Choose the one that suits your need. Depending on the system you use, you will have different methods.
Find the downloaded file
Move it over to the application folder.
You will then come to log in screen.
Insert your username and password. Leave "Remember login" ON if you don`t want to write the username and password every time. Start on Boot can be off, but if you want to ensure maximum focus on privacy, turn it ON.
You will be asked to give some permissions.
Press allow on the first popup and insert our password on the second.
And Voila! ProtonVPN is installed.
Press Quick connect, and you are surfing on a Virtual Private Network.
If you need to connect to a specific country, you choose your country of choice.
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