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Are Private Browsing and a VPN The Dynamic Duo Of Internet Security?

November 20, 2020

Is your internet activity safe and secure?

Each time you connect to the internet your personal information and browsing history could become exposed. Secure VPN is included in Norton 360 plans – use it to shop, search, and surf anonymously.

The world can be a digitally dangerous place. Think about the time you spend online away from home. You read emails or jump on social media while dining al fresco at a restaurant and you check bank account balances while sipping coffee at your local coffee shop. Unless you’re logged into a private Wi-Fi network, you could be in cyber danger. Your information could be vulnerable to strangers or cyber threats. It’s smart to remember the importance of helping protect your identity and personal information when you’re online. Tools such as Private Browsing Mode and a VPN together are the heroes that can help save your online privacy while you’re out in public.

“Private browsing" for Safari, “Private Mode” for Explorer, or "Incognito Mode" for Google Chrome, are all names for privacy settings in your web browser that can turn off your Internet browsing history. This feature allows you to hide your browsing activity in that particular browsing session from other people who use the same device as yours such as co-workers, friends, or unwanted users that may gain access to your computer. Though private browsing can protect you locally, it has its weaknesses. Private Browsing alone can’t defend against browsing activity being tracked through your Internet connection and data you share. This is where the partnership of Private Browsing and a VPN can work together to save the day, or at least your online privacy.

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It allows you to browse anonymously and securely by creating a private network from a public Internet connection. VPNs mask your Internet protocol (IP) address so others cannot track your online activity. VPNs are handy when working remotely or traveling since they help you connect to public Wi-Fi while masking the personal information you send and receive. They establish secure and encrypted connections between you and the VPN server to provide greater privacy than even a secured Wi-Fi hotspot.

 

WHAT CAN A VPN DO FOR YOU?

Protect Your Connections

VPNs use encryption just like banks to help secure personal information like credit card numbers and passwords, which can be at risk of being viewed by cybercriminals who hack into your Wifi network. A VPN is easy to install, and keeps your connections secure when you connect to Wi-Fi. You can enable your devices to gain access to your VPN within your VPN settings.

Browse Anonymously

By masking or turning off your browser history, your online activity stays more private. Advertisers won't be able to track your activity and you won't be bothered by certain ads and spam. VPNs make anonymous browsing automatic!

Change Your Location

Your location can be customized through VPN settings. This helps maintains your privacy and security by helping prevent third parties from tracking your online whereabouts. And it also helps you access your favorite content when you’re travelling.

Block Ad Trackers/Cookies

Blocking ad trackers helps keeps your online experiences clear of unwanted ads or pop-up ads, displaying content you were intending to browse. Cookies are small data files used to store your preferences such as usernames or passwords for a specific site. Ad trackers and cookies can be managed in the general settings of your VPN Server

Private browsing is a mode where all the privacy features of a Web browser such as turning cookies off or clearing your browsing history are enabled without having to set them individually. It uses your regular connection without encrypting the connection, and privacy is only applied during your browsing session. Adding a Virtual Private Network provides the security and encryption not found in Privacy Mode. When you connect to a VPN, the connection itself is encrypted so that no third party such as Internet providers, corporations, or cybercriminals can monitor your browsing activity or system-wide computer usage.

Combining tools helps provide optimal online privacy. By simultaneously using a VPN, such as Norton Secure VPN along with accessing your private browser mode, this “dynamic duo” of online security can protect and shield your online activity and make your information more private.

Is your internet activity safe and secure?

Wondering how to keep your private information safe from prying eyes? Secure VPN is included in Norton 360 plans and can secure your passwords, bank details, and credit card numbers, and more when using public Wi-Fi on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.


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