Imagine this, a person using the WiFi in a coffee shop logs into their online banking. On the other side of the room, a hacker on their laptop is observing the internet traffic on the network.
This sounds like a scary situation, doesn't it? Well, it's not really. All online banks use HTTPS, so although the hacker can see that the employee is accessing their bank, their login credentials and the contents of their webpage are completely secure.
Nonetheless, this is exactly the kind of situation that VPN companies (and those who are paid to promote them) use as an example to scare the average computer user into buying their services.
VPNs are a useful tool, but the truth is that most users don't really need them. Here's a guide to which kinds of people and activities that would benefit from a VPN:
|People who need a VPN||People who don't|
|People who access old websites without HTTPS.||People who only access modern, mainstream sites (including banks) which use HTTPS.|
|People who want to avoid network administrators or ISPs knowing which webpages they are viewing (although any unique content displayed on those pages is protected by HTTPS.)||People who like to say "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear". Nobody likes these people.|
|People who wish to appear to websites to be located in a different country, perhaps to view geographically restricted content.||People who have a security need so great that a VPN isn't enough. These people should contact us for help!|
Keep in mind that if your concern is keeping network administrators from seeing which webpages you're visiting, they will still be able to see that you are using a VPN and may question you about it. If you would like help preparing for that eventuality get in contact, as we may be able to craft a custom solution to your problem. Avoiding digital surveillance is our specialty!