People are spending more time online today than ever before, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. From work and leisure to planning out daily activities, almost everything in life today can be achieved with a little cyber help. Which is why it’s so popular. However, there is a little tagalong to all that convenience, namely malicious hackers.
Hackers are becoming an ever-increasing threat, with people spending so much time online these days. Not to mention the fact that sensitive information from credit card details to passwords is shared all the time. Security software developers are trying to keep up with all the new web-based threats, but more often than not, something slips through.
Earlier this year, hackers targeted the Apple Mac computers of government officials in the Middle East. Apparently, these hackers had found a way to “bypass all native macOS security measures.” So even though Apple products are known for having a robust security system, they aren’t immune. Thus, relying on the security measures provided by manufacturers like Apple alone isn’t an option anymore. More than one layer of protection is needed. Which means it’s up to individuals themselves to make sure their personal information is being protected.
One of the most popular solutions for businesses and individuals alike are VPNs.
The What and How of VPNs
A virtual private network, or VPN for short, is a web-based service that allows people to roam the internet securely. The VPN hides any online actions by routing a person’s connection through a remote server. When people connect to the internet without a VPN, all of their data is out in the open. So anyone with motivation and technological savvy can gain access to that information. While that may not seem too concerning, at first sight, it can have severe ramifications. Especially for anyone who shares their data through actions like mobile banking or business emails. But a VPN stops all of that in its tracks.
When using a VPN, the data that would typically get sent to the open web is encrypted by the VPN. The user’s network sends the information through the VPN app, which then encrypts the data before connecting to a website.
Why should all this be important to a Mac user? Because Apple’s Mac products are so popular worldwide and widely used by all manner of people and companies. Hackers know this, too. It might take a bit more effort and time to hack into an Apple product, but the payoff is enough to make it worthwhile. Thus it’s not enough anymore to simply rely on the safety measures that come built-in with a Mac.