What started as a blogging platform, has since developed into a powerful content management system, today powering around 30 percent of websites on the Internet. Whether you are a large organization, a small business, or an individual creator – you’re probably using WordPress.
WordPress is great for many reasons: it’s free, it’s easy-to-use and search engines like it. But what makes the platform exceptional is flexibility. E-shops, portfolios, travel blogs, news sites, even mobile applications – you can build pretty much any site (and turn it into an app) from anywhere in the world.
The biggest perk of being a digital nomad is that you no longer have to be tied to some specific location. Instead, you are free to roam, provided that you have your laptop, smartphone and your WordPress logins with you. However, being location independent also means that you will be taking your sensitive data with you and you will be using public WiFi a lot. For this reason, a VPN is a must-have tool for any digital nomad.
Why Do You Need a Personal VPN?
Free public WiFi hotspots are available all around the world, which makes it easier to work from your favorite local coffee shop, a hotel room or an airport. However, while public WiFi is convenient, it is also extremely vulnerable as the security of these networks is pretty much non-existent. Even if the WiFi connection is password protected, it can be intercepted by cybercriminals.
Attackers can invade your privacy in many ways. They can send you phishing emails, trick you into visiting malicious websites or set up a fake access point and wait for you to connect. Also, if you haven’t moved your WordPress site from HTTP to HTTPS yet, it is even easier for hackers to eavesdrop on your connection.
Here’s when a VPN (Virtual Private Network) comes into play. It encrypts your inbound and outbound internet traffic, ensuring that your data stays safe no matter what. Even if an attacker manages to intercept your communications, they won’t be able to decipher and read it. With a VPN on you can securely log in to your WP account when connected to public WiFi or any other network.
What a VPN also does, it hides your actual IP address, making it invisible to websites and even your ISP (Internet Service Provider). Therefore, by using a VPN, you can easily bypass censorship and geo-restrictions to access your favorite content and much more securely. This feature comes especially handy when going abroad as you may find that certain websites and services not available there. With a VPN you can browse like you never left home.
How Does a VPN Work?
Once you set up a VPN on your computer or smartphone, all you have to do is pick any server you want. A VPN will instantly create an encrypted tunnel between you and the VPN server, that can be located anywhere in the world.
When you connect to the internet using a VPN, your device sends an encrypted request to the server, telling what website you want to access. The VPN server then communicates with the internet on your behalf and sends the encrypted result back to your device. In other words, a VPN allows you to access websites without the worry of being hacked. As far as snoopers are concerned, they can only see that you are connected to a VPN server.
Encrypted traffic means that:
- No one knows what you’re browsing.
- They can’t snoop on your VoIP calls.
- Your location can’t be traced.
- Snoopers can’t steal your data.
- You can bypass filters and censorship.
- Visit blocked websites.
- Access services from another geographic location.
Choosing a Personal VPN
There are many different VPN services out there. While many offer to secure your communications for free, it’s important to know that these services make money in other ways. Mostly, by collecting your data and selling it to advertisers and other third-parties. Therefore, look for a trusted VPN provider that has a strict “no logging” policy. What it means is that they don’t store any information about their users, so they can’t provide any details if anyone asks.
Different VPN providers operate their servers in different countries around the world. The more servers and locations your provider offers, the more choices you will have. For example, if you are traveling from the US to France and are worried about losing access to your favorite websites, choose a VPN provider that has servers in your home country. More servers also mean better connectivity and faster connection speeds.
Once you decide which VPN to get, set it up on all your devices and keep calm – it will keep your personal data and sensitive business information safe.