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An Interview With NordVPN

An Interview With NordVPN
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When It Comes to Internet Privacy and Safety, You're On Your Own.

Thankfully, companies like NordVPN are there to help you.

The Internet is great, but it's far from perfect. It's great that we can find information on just about anything, but we're also giving away information at the same time. Behind the scenes, businesses, advertisers, even governments, are tracking our online behavior and invading our privacy. In a recent online interview, Ruby Gonzalez, Chief Communications Officer at NordVPN, offered her perspective and sound advice for us all.

Chris Parker, Founder of WhatIsMyIPAddress.com

NordVPN: At a Glance

"We believe the Internet could be better than it is today. That's why we do our best to make it free from censorship and surveillance, as envisioned in 1989 — the year the World Wide Web was invented. We make sure no one sees what you do online because they shouldn't. Nor should we, for that matter. For this reason we do not keep logs."
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CHRIS: When people ask you how they can stay safe on line, what do you tell them?

RUBY: I encourage them to be proactive and protect themselves from cybercrime. With digital crime rates growing every year, the likelihood of falling victim to a hacking attack is increasing as well. A VPN encrypts all Internet traffic between a user's device and a VPN server, so even if a hacker did manage to intercept it, they would not be able to read the data.

CHRIS: What's the state of online privacy, in your opinion?

RUBY: All you have to do is follow the leaks to see that it's not good. Data leaks and privacy breaches are involving big names: Facebook is the obvious one, but Equifax, Yahoo and others have also contributed to the way users see their private data being stored and shared online.

Another factor is that laws are changing all the time. In 2017, Internet Service Providers in the U.S were allowed to sell user data to third parties, and net neutrality was repealed. Controversial stories regarding mandatory data retention, government tracking, and censorship are never far from the front pages. And then there's all the security concerns. Major ransomware attacks and the accelerated cybercrime rate have led to the growing concern in peoples' Internet security.

All these things have definitely made a push towards the increased interest in privacy, security and Internet access.

Your personal information is up for grabs online. A VPN keeps it hidden away. #privacy #cybersecurity

CHRIS: Are there instances where someone should definitely not go online without using a VPN?

RUBY: Two come immediately to mind. The first is anytime you use a public Wi-Fi network. Free hotspots are often unsecure due to poor router configurations and weak (if any) passwords. It's relatively easy for anyone with a small, hidden radio antenna and a computer to intercept your data and hack into the most sensitive accounts.

The second is if you're travelling to countries with high Internet restrictions. Many people, when they're out of country, have a problem with not being able to access popular websites or services. A VPN helps by hiding your IP address and rerouting Internet traffic through a country where no such restrictions apply.

CHRIS: What should people look for in a VPN?

RUBY: You want to make sure your VPN isn't keeping a record of your Internet activity. It's called logging and just so people know, NordVPN has a strict no-logs policy. That ensures your activity remains private at all times. NordVPN uses highly secure encryption protocols that have never been cracked. We also offer advanced security and privacy features that people can read all about on our website.

CHRIS: VPNs seem mysterious and complex to a lot of people. Why is that?

RUBY: People are still intimidated by anything related to cybersecurity — perhaps with the exception of antivirus programs and firewalls, which are seen as essential. And often, other services or security tools simply seem too complicated and geeky.

I want people to know that's not the case anymore. Modern VPN software follows the same user experience trends as popular apps they use every day. Most VPN settings are preconfigured so that a user can download the app, launch it and start encrypting their communications within minutes. Plus, there is a wealth of tutorials for anyone who wishes to delve deeper and customize their VPN experience.

I think NordVPN is at the forefront of making it easier for people to learn what they need to know about VPNs.

DON'T LET ANYONE KNOW OR SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING ONLINE.

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