A VPN, or virtual private network, can be a very useful tool in your arsenal of hacking defences. A VPN makes it possible to securely connect to remote servers and other devices so that you can work remotely, stream content, or browse the web privately and securely. Not only is it possible to use a VPN to securely access the internet, but you can also use it to establish remote connections to servers and devices that you own, or control.
Installation & Setup
ZTE had the foresight to bundle a VPN client, along with the rest of the necessary application files, onto a single CD-ROM. This allows users to install and set up a VPN connection in just a few minutes. After launching the setup wizard, you will be presented with a list of servers to select from. Connecting to a VPN server will not only create a secure connection to a remote server but will also allow you to access resources that you might not have had the permissions to access previously. When you’re finished, you will be presented with a confirmation screen. Clicking the Confirm button will connect you to the internet through the VPN and allow you to get to work.
Interface & Appearance
Like all of the best pieces of software, the interface of the VPN client is incredibly simple and intuitive to use. There is a single, unified screen that displays all of the necessary information without requiring you to hunt down a series of dialog boxes. In the upper-right corner of the display, there is a circular green button that can be clicked to show you a list of all of your active VPN connections. The appearance of the interface is also very clean and streamlined, with an emphasis on functionality rather than flashy effects or unnecessary embellishments. Although there is a lot of flexibility in the built-in profiles, you aren’t presented with a bunch of options – only the ones that are necessary to get the job done.
It’s always nice when big companies give you reason to believe that they “get” what you are presenting them and that your needs matter. One of the primary reasons why we use VPNs is to protect our internet privacy, and the more features a VPN has, the more possibilities it offers to help us with that. So it is a great thing when a VPN offers features that make our jobs as hackers easier. Here are just a few of the things that the VPN that ships with the Tempo X can do:
- Protects your personal data when you’re working remotely
- Makes working through an insecure public Wi-Fi connection safer
- Keeps your personal data private when you’re using public places Wi-Fi
- Allows you to browse the web privately and securely
- Makes working through a locked computer safer
- Offers flexible scheduling so that you can set your work hours
- Makes logging in and out of corporate Wi-Fi unnecessary
- Creates a secure and private tunnel between your own devices so that you can work remotely safely
- Enables you to circumvent internet blocks imposed by your schools, workplaces, or ISPs
This is just a fraction of the things that a VPN can do. The list above is just to give you an idea of the kind of thing that you can do with a VPN built into your phone. When you’re shopping for a new VPN, make sure that you consider the features that are most important to you.
It is extremely important to protect your personal data when you’re working remotely because every company that you connect to, whether they be a large corporation or a small, personal project, has the potential to be a victim of cybercrime. When you’re working on a personal project or using an insecure public Wi-Fi connection, it’s easy for a hacker to get access to your personal data simply by watching your every move. The same goes for when you’re working through a locked-down computer or mobile device – someone could potentially hack into your system and collect your personal data simply by requiring you to login every now and then to verify your identity. The good thing is that a VPN can help protect you from all of that.
When a VPN is used in combination with another security measure, like a password or PIN code, it becomes even more effective at keeping your personal data secure. Even though it is theoretically possible for a hacker to access your data without the aid of a VPN, it’s extremely difficult and almost impossible to do so in practice. When a VPN and a password are used in combination, it becomes virtually impossible for anyone to view your data without permission.
The point is that a VPN is an effective tool for protecting your privacy, and that is exactly why we use it – because we know that it works and we desperately need the help. Remember, no matter what software you use, whether it be a VPN, a content blocker, or a anti-virus program, hackers get in and out of the system in a variety of ways, so it is never truly “safe” to use these applications independently. Always make sure that your computer or mobile device is running the latest patches and upgrades and that your anti-virus is up-to-date as well.
Once you have your VPN up and running on your device, you can use it to securely access all of the resources that you need. Remember, a VPN is not a cure-all for all of your security concerns. Even though it protects you from accessing personal data when you’re using public places Wi-Fi and unlocked computers, it doesn’t protect you from physical assault or attacks from individuals or groups of people. To truly secure your personal data and devices from all harm, use additional security measures like strong passwords and PIN codes and ensure that your anti-virus is up-to-date and has the latest definitions available.