Skip to main content

How To Disable Those Annoying Facebook Voting Reminders

Are VPNs Secure?

In this article I am asking and answering one simple question. Are VPNs secure? First let's get something out of the way. You have a right to secure your online communications and to make them as safe and private as possible. Your security and privacy is important. You are always at risk of your private information being breached. Who might be listening and interested in your data?

  • Governments
  • Corporations
  • Hackers
  • Stalkers
  • Marketers

It isn't enough to say that you have nothing to hide. The fact is that you do have things to hide. Things that you say in confidence, your contact information, your banking information, and and your passwords are just some of the things that you might want to hide. If you aren't paying attention to your privacy then you are throwing your personal information out there for anyone to see. If you aren't paying attention to your security then you are leaving the doors wide open for third parties to walk right in and access your information. I say again, you have a right to security and privacy and it is important.

What a VPN Does

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. VPNs do a lot of cool things. A good VPN will encrypt your data. What does that mean? Even if someone retrieves it, it will appear scrambled so a hacker won't be able to read it amd tell what you are doing. A VPN basically makes a tunnel that prevents third parties from listening in on your messages, web browsing, financial information, and other personal online communications. The tunnel can't be penetrated and your communications are encrypted. Also, the VPN IP address and physical location will be different from yours. Long story short a VPN will:

  • Encrypt your data.
  • Hide your IP address.
  • Hide your physical location.
Third parties will only be able to see that you are connected to a VPN.

Now for a word of caution. Let's keep it honest and real here. Yes a good VPN will encrypt your data, hide your IP, and hide your location. While all of that is true, a VPN can't guarantee 100% that nothing could happen to expose you and your information. What they can do is provide layers of protection and keep in mind that breaches are very rare. The greatest risk to your own privacy and security is you. A VPN will protect you but if you choose to share personal information to the wrong people or ignore your privacy and security settings on websites, browsers, and your operating system then your information will eventually be compromised. Your VPN can help protect you from others but it can't protect you from yourself.

VPN Risks

Are there risks associated with VPNs? Back to our question. Are VPN's secure? It depends. Good VPNs are secure. The wrong VPN can be very insecure. Here are some of the dangers and some advice.

  • VPNs that keep logs. Especially usage logs are dangerous because they track what you are doing while connected. Always choose a VPN with a no logs policy.
  • IP leaks. Your IP address is basically your address on the internet. It is a numeric address that can be traced back to your device. Always choose a VPN that protects against IP leaks.
  • Bad privacy policies. I know that most of us are guilty of ignoring the privacy of apps and services that we use. When it comes to VPNs always take the time to check out their privacy policy to make sure they really do care about your privacy.
  • Poor encryption. If they are either using weak encryption or don't configure their encryption correctly then your data is left vulnerable. Always make sure a VPN uses strong encryption and is known to configure it correctly.
  • Malware injections. Malware is malicious software. An unscrupulous VPN can install malware on your device when you install their client. Only use paid VPNs that are well known and have a good reputation.
  • The lack of a kill switch. What happens for example if you are downloading a movie (and I am not encouraging you to do so illegally) and for some reason the connection to your VPN is interrupted? If you have a kill switch engaged then you will immediately be disconnected from the Internet. If there is no kill switch then your real IP address will be exposed. Always choose a VPN that provides a kill switch.
  • Another thing to keep in mind is that though a VPN works to protect your privacy they are still subject to local laws. Again, it is important to choose a VPN that has a strict no logs policy.


  • A good VPN will encrypt your data.
  • A good VPN will hide your IP address.
  • A good VPN will hide your physical location.
  • Always choose a VPN with a strict no logs policy.
  • Always choose a VPN that cares about your privacy. Take the time to check out their privacy policy.
  • Always choose a VPN that provides good encryption.
  • Always choose a known VPN with a good reputation.
  • Always choose a VPN that makes a kill switch available.
  • Avoid free VPNs.
If you pick a popular, established VPN, and choose the one you want to use based on the criteria above then your VPN should be secure. Do they keep logs (especially usage logs)? Does their users experience IP leaks? Does their privacy policy truly reflect a care for your privacy? Do they provide good encryption? Do they provide a kill switch? The bigger paid VPNs will do the best job protecting you. Why not free VPNs? The truth is they make money to stay in business somehow. If it isn't by charging you to use the service then it is likely through using your data.

Until next time have the best day and tech on.


Popular posts from this blog

How to Make Your Facebook Account More Private and Secure Part One: Settings - Tech Marks The Spot

How secure and private is your Facebook account? The Internet is full of cool and interesting people. Unfortunately, it also has many bullies, scammers, predators, hackers, and even a few people that you might not want to see that post that you made about your boss or that picture from last years New Years Eve party. The process of increasing your security and privacy on Facebook is painless. This is part one of the two part series: How to Make Your Facebook Account More Private and Secure. Here, in part one, we are going to deal with your settings.
Basics: Privacy CheckupWhat is Privacy Checkup? In Facebook's own words:
"Take a few minutes to review how you're currently sharing your information with people on Facebook and with the apps and websites from other companies that you've used Facebook to log into."In the following steps you will make your first moves toward reclaiming some of your privacy. Log in to your Facebook account. Head over to Facebook and log …

How to Send and Receive Email From Different Accounts Using Gmail - Tech Marks The Spot

Do you have more than one email address? Do you have a Gmail account? It can be a pain to have to log in to multiple email accounts just to keep up with the communications that are important to you. There is a solution to make checking your various email accounts a lot more convenient. You can check them all from within Gmail. In this post I am going to tell you a little more about Gmail, how to send and receive email from different accounts from within Gmail, and how to set up a professional looking email address with your own domain name at a low cost.

Introduction to Gmail Before getting into how to use Gmail to send and receive email from other accounts let's take a closer look at Gmail itself. Here is more information about it's history, popularity, and features.

History of Gmail According to Wikipedia:

The public history of Gmail dates back to 2004. Gmail, a free, advertising-supported webmail service with support for Email clients, is a product from Google. Over its hi…

How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Scams

2020 has been quite a whirlwind for all of us. A global pandemic? Nationwide quarantines happening all over the world? This all seems like something out of a movie. But the truth is that all of this is a part of our new reality. This is a new reality that we all share and have to navigate the best way that we can.

Though all of this has brought out the best in many people it has unfortunately also brought out the opportunism in some. Both the WHO and Secret Service has issued these warnings:

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Phishing AlertBeware of Criminals Pretending to be WHOThere are investigations into hoarding or price-gouging nationwide, and many more fraud investigations underway. The scammers are coming out of the woodwork. What are they after? Your money.Your information.What do these scams look like? There are many ways a scammer might reach out to you but here is one example. You get a phone call. The number looks legit. When you answer they claim to be from a hospital and tell you t…