The Internet of Things says that by 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices throughout the world – this isn’t just smartphones, tablets and personal computers, but things like refrigerators, TV’s, home security systems and even bathrooms (yes really). Pretty much all of our life will be made easier through the use of connected technology.
Why is this relevant to Virtual Private Networks? Simply put, your whole home could become one easy picking for a criminal – researchers have already gained access to a home security system by hacking in to the network through a connected refrigerator – thankfully, they were proving how insecure some systems can be – it made the industry sit up and take notice.
Does this mean that Internet Service Provides will be beefing up their routers and service to give you what is effectively your own VPN? We doubt it.
So the smart way to deal with smart technology is to have your own Virtual Private Network running throughout your home – by using a VPN service and then connecting it through your router, rather than just one or two devices at a time.
Yes, it does take a little more knowhow, but all of that knowledge is available online, and once it’s done, you no longer have to worry about it.
So will we see home services being upgraded in this way? Yes, undoubtedly – as the technology becomes more widespread, criminals will look to target complete homes in relative ease and safety – they wouldn’t even need to be located near the target – this means that they can sit at home, working through your security and gaining access to your home network.
Admittedly, you may not have a smart home security system that could be triggered, but you’ll stil have the regular stuff – bank account details, personal information… anything and everything that you use your laptop or device for.
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While the future is bringing us a world of technology, it is also bringing a whole new load of challenges that need addressing – it is effectively giving the criminal fraternity a whole new avenue of attack and it’s only the early-adopters that understand and use technology that will be safe in the first few years – you should make sure that you’re one of them.
Most VPN’s start at just a few bucks a month, for that, you’ll get peace of mind and enhanced security – surely that has to be worth it?