You enjoy streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu+, and other video sites. But did you know that much of the content you stream comes from countries with no online privacy laws? In fact, many countries actively promote piracy by offering no-questions-asked refunds if you purchase a movie, music album, or game on their store. Your Netflix, Hulu+, and other accounts could be at risk if you don’t take precautions.
One way to secure your internet connection is to setup a VPN on your phone, laptop, or other connected devices. A VPN encrypts your data so that it travels over the internet more safely and privately. When you use a VPN, your IP address is often replaced by a different number that is owned by a VPN server. This prevents automated traffic monitoring and helps you retain your personal data when browsing the web.
How you setup and use a VPN is often different from application to application, so in this guide, we will walk you through the process of installing NordVPN on your Mi Box. Keep in mind that NordVPN is a freeware, ad-supported app that does not require registration, and it is available for Android, iOS, and Windows.
The Downsides of Not Using a VPN
If you decide not to use a VPN, you run the risk of your personal data and identity being exposed online. Your accounts could be at risk from hacking, and you don’t want to chance losing important personal information. You also have to keep in mind that not all VPNs are created equal, and some are more secure than others. Some also log and share your data with third parties, which you need to know and decide is OK with you.
VPNs are not a cure-all for your internet security concerns. They don’t guarantee that your personal data will always be kept private, and they don’t protect you from all forms of online abuse. However, they do provide you with a safer and more private internet connection that you can use to access your favorite sites and download content. For this reason, we suggest you consider giving it a try.
The first step in setting up your VPN is to download and install the application on your phone, laptop, or other internet-connected device. This is usually a straightforward process, and we will cover installing on a mobile device in more detail below, but for now, just know that the app can usually be found in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Installing the app will automatically start up the VPN service when you sign in with your username and password, which you should choose carefully since it will be available to anyone who wants to use it. If you forget your username and password, you can easily reset them by following the instructions in the email that is sent to your account by the app’s support team.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that the app you are installing is not the same as the one you will use in practice. There are several different VPN apps that claim to do everything that NordVPN does, but in reality, they often cannot. Some apps are safer than others when it comes to protecting your personal data and maintaining your anonymity online. For this reason, it is important to research the various VPN apps available before making a decision.
Using a VPN on Your Mobile Device
We will now cover the process of using a VPN on your mobile device. The first things you will need to do are establish a secure connection with the VPN server and then set up your mobile device to use the network. You can do this by following the on-screen instructions or searching for “VPN setup” in your favorite search engine.
Once you have established a secure connection with the VPN server, you can start up the app and log in with your username and password. If you are using this VPN on a mobile device, it is important to remember to keep it turned on at all times while you are online. This will ensure that your data is always protected and that you can continue to use the app even when your phone is sleeping or turned off. The VPN will also continue to work even when your mobile device is behind a firewall or router, as long as the server you are connecting to is also configured to allow VPN traffic through.
Installing NordVPN on Your Laptop
If you are using a laptop, you can also install NordVPN on it. You will first need to connect it to the internet via a wired connection, and then you will need to download and install the VPN’s software. Once you have installed it, you can sign in with your username and password to start up the VPN and begin using it. Wireless laptops are even more convenient since they do not need an external cable to connect to the internet. For this reason, many people choose to install the VPN on their laptop so that they can use it anywhere and whenever they want.
Secure Your Home Network
If you’re sharing a computer with someone else in your home (for example, if you have a home office that shares a computer with your family), you can also install NordVPN on it. Like with mobile devices, you will need to ensure that the VPN software is always turned on while you are using the computer. This will help protect your security and privacy online when you are using websites and other online resources that you do not want anyone else to see.
Since installing a VPN requires you to have an internet connection in order to use it, it is important to keep in mind that the device or system you are using to access the internet must also be protected by the VPN. This means that if you have a wireless router, it must be secured with a strong password and a hardware firewall.
Use a Virtual Private Network to Secure Yourself Against Wi-Fi Attacks
When you are connected to the internet via a public Wi-Fi hotspot, your device is highly vulnerable to hacking attacks since anyone within range of the hotspot can access and use your data. This is often called a “man-in-the-middle” attack, and it is one of the most common ways that your personal data is exposed online. Since Wi-Fi hotspots are often found in convenience stores, coffee shops, and other places where people might not expect to find a computer, this makes them a common target for hackers.
You can use a VPN to secure yourself against Wi-Fi attacks. When you use a VPN, your device will first establish a secure connection with the server and then use the internet via a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your data while it travels to and from websites. This means that your traffic is encrypted and secure since it will travel over an encrypted connection, rather than being sent in the clear over a public Wi-Fi network like you are currently using. This additional layer of security is what makes a VPN useful for protecting your personal data online.
What Is an IP Address?
An IP address is a long number that identifies a device connected to the internet. For example, if you are using a laptop and want to connect to the internet via wifi, your IP address will be something like 22.214.171.124. When you connect to a website, your IP address is often hidden by the website but you can find it by entering “about:ip” in the location bar of your browser. Keep in mind that your IP address can be used to track your activity online and abuse you with pop-ups, malware, and other invasive tactics. It can also be used to determine the identities of other devices that you have connected to the internet via WiFi. You should always avoid giving out your IP address when you are connected to the internet, and if you want to connect anonymously, you should consult with a VPN service.
Protecting Your Privacy Online
The best thing about a VPN is that it allows you to remain anonymous while you are online. This is mostly useful for those who use public Wi-Fi hotspots to connect to the internet, since many public hotspots will not allow you to connect to VPNs without giving out your IP address. While you are connected to a VPN, your IP address will be replaced by a different number that is associated with a server owned by the VPN, so that you appear to be browsing the web from multiple locations. This means that your personal data is less likely to be exposed online due to a data breach or other security incident.