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Is Using VPN a Good Way to Provide Cybersecurity?

Survey shows people use employers’ VPNs at home.

Online security is more important than ever. One errant click can land you in deep trouble.

Here is a piece on virtual private networks (VPNs) for those who maybe use them, but don’t know why or when they are offered — should you use one? Personally I totally avoid public Wi-Fi. I carry a hot spot for my remote connectivity — without draining my cellphone or iPad.

From Forbes:

Internet crime accounted for over $6.9 billion in losses in 2021 and 2022 is trending upward to be the worst year yet for cyberattacks. The team at Forbes Advisor recently ran a survey of 2,000 VPN users to see how Americans are protecting themselves online using a VPN.

We found that 84% of respondents use a VPN for added online security, yet 57% still report they’ve experienced a cyberattack. While 66% use a VPN to protect their personal data and 18% want increased encryption.  

Check out the full story here:

Highlights from our report:

  • Only 6% said they use a VPN to protect their employer’s data, raising to 66% when it comes to protecting their own data
  • 36% want a VPN for two-factor authentication to enhance their online security.
  • 1 in 3 report wanting to mask their internet activity, while just 6% are using VPNs to avoid ads. 
  • Only half of all respondents say they use a VPN on public Wi-Fi, one of the most exposed settings for cyberattacks. 
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.