The free VPN services recommended by online security expert Matt Tuffy are great for privacy and security when you’re away from your home network. The key difference with paid VPN services is that you have to actively use them, whereas with the free ones, you’re just relying on the software to keep your connection private when you browse the web. In this article, you’ll discover how to hide your VPN connection from a website on the Microsoft Store so that no matter what kind of site you visit, your personal data remains safe.
Install the VPN Client
The absolute first step towards hiding your VPN connection is to install the VPN client on your device. You have a couple of options here. First, you can download and install the iOS app called StrongVPN, which is completely free. You’ll need to have a micropayment account with Apple to be able to download the app from the App Store, but after that, it’s just a case of clicking the “Connect” button and entering your username and password. After that, you’ll be good to go. Even better, StrongVPN automatically handles all of the encryption for you so that all of your internet traffic is protected and private. It also has a dedicated iOS app specifically for accessing the Netflix catalog from abroad so that you don’t have to worry about connecting to Netflix while you’re abroad. If you have an Android device, you can use the Google Play Store to download and install the OpenVPN app, which is probably the most popular and well-known VPN client. It has a lot of fans among users because of its simplicity. For instance, to connect to a VPN server, all you have to do is click the “Connect” button and enter your login credentials. If you want to download and install the VPN app for Windows 10, you can use the Microsoft Store. After that, all you have to do is click on the “Connect” button and enter your log-in credentials. Then, you’ll be directed to a webpage where you can download the VPN client.
Clear Cache and Data
Once you’ve installed the VPN client, it’s time to clear its cache. This is so that the next time you use it, all of your previous connections will be saved and you won’t have to re-enter all of your login credentials. To do this, simply go to Settings > Privacy > Clear Cache. All of the data stored on your device, including the VPN’s cache, will be wiped clean. This is so that you can start afresh and avoid all of the previous connections being stored. While it’s not recommended to have your device continuously connected to the internet while it’s on, you can manually trigger a cache and data wipe whenever you want to start afresh.
Pro-Tip: Use a Different Browser
Even if you’re on a private network at home, it’s a good idea to use a private browser to browse the web. The best way to ensure that your personal data remains private is to use a different browser to access the sites that you visit. You can download a private browser like the Quantum VPN browser, which is free and open-source. Alternatively, you can use a tool like “Browser Starfighter” to block all of the trackers and third-party cookies on specific sites. When you use a different browser, all of the cookies that are previously set on the site will be deleted and you’ll have to log in again when you visit. This is because the VPN is caching login data and using it when you visit other sites. However, if you use the same browser on different devices, the cookies will be shared and you won’t have to log in again when you use the other device.
Pro-Tip: Use a VPN on All of Your Devices
If you use multiple devices, like a laptop, tablet, and mobile phone, it is advisable to connect them all to the VPN and use it on all of them. Even if your laptop and tablet are on the same network, they should still be connected to the VPN to ensure that all of your data is secure. You can download a dedicated VPN app for your mobile so that you don’t have to enter your log-in credentials every time you use it. While this might be convenient, it’s not recommended to store passwords or login information anywhere, so it’s better to avoid storing them on your mobile as well.
Reduce Your Online Activity
Another thing that you can do to further protect your personal data is to reduce your online activity. You don’t have to go completely offline or use a private browser, but you can use tools like free VPNs to reduce the amount of data that you’re sending online. For example, you can use the NordVPN app to reduce the amount of information that you’re sending about yourself when you browse the web. When you use a VPN, all of the cookies and other data that is being sent by your device will be scrambled and unrecognizable to anyone else, including the websites that you visit. This means that even if someone else were to access your device’s cache or other data, they wouldn’t be able to steal any of your personal information because all of it is encrypted and scrambled. You can use the same tools to keep your personal information private when you’re on a public Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop or café. Even if someone were to access your device’s cache or other data while you’re using the internet at a public Wi-Fi cafe, they wouldn’t be able to steal any of your information because all of it is encrypted and scrambled by the VPN client.
Monitor Your Email & Account Activity
The last thing that you need is worry about your personal data being stolen from your email account or other online services that you use. One of the simplest ways to ensure that your data is secure is to monitor your email account activity and identify any suspicious emails or other online activity. You can use tools like Mailchimp or Lavender to create individual email accounts for every one of your friends and family members. If you use the email service, you can enable two-factor authentication and set it to require a code from your device to verify that you’re actually contacting the person that you’re emailing. You can use this code to delete your email account if someone were to try and guess your password or steal your identity. Similarly, you can use tools like Honeymail or Protonmail to encrypt all of the emails that you send and receive. If you prefer to use an SMS text instead of an email to send and receive messages, you can use tools like Twilio or HootSuite to create short texting-enabled phone numbers that you can use to send and receive texts to verify log-in details or reset forgotten passwords. You can use these tools to send short codes to customers or potential customers so that they can easily text you with questions or comments without having to navigate through a complicated website.
Use a VPN to Browse The Web Without Regrets
Last but not least, we have the pleasure of bringing you the best tips and tricks from our blog’s experience using a VPN. You don’t have to use a VPN for everything, but it’s definitely worth it. You can use them to browse the web privately and securely while on a public Wi-Fi network at a coffee shop or café. You can use the same tools to keep your personal data private when you’re on a private network at home as well. If you use a VPN on your mobile phone, it is a good idea to use a dedicated app instead of the built-in browser to access the internet. This way, all of your personal data remains secure even when you’re on public networks or other less secure connections. It is also possible to use a VPN when you’re on a wired network in order to protect your personal data when you’re online. This is because most likely, your internet connection is already protected by your home’s firewall. Therefore, using a VPN won’t add any additional security to your connection but it will simply allow you to browse the web privately and securely while on a public or shared Wi-Fi network. When using a VPN, it is highly recommended to reduce your online activity as much as possible. This is because the more data that you send and receive online, the more likely that your personal information will be compromised. Lastly, make sure to periodically scan your email for any suspicious activity or accounts that you don’t recognize. If you use Gmail, it is a good idea to set up an individual email account just for yourself and use it exclusively for personal messages. This way, you can ensure that your personal data is always secure and won’t be inadvertently shared with third parties.