We want to protect ourselves and our data from being compromised online. Whether watching TV series on Netflix or shopping on the internet we need to feel safe and secure. Yet, most of our personal accounts are at risk. Not to forget that connecting to a public Wi-Fi significantly increases chances of getting hacked. But, does a VPN protect you from hackers?
Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides unparalleled ease and convenience to millions of people all over the world. It gives the freedom to work and play online remotely – whether from the comfort of your own kitchen, in an airport lounge, or somewhere at the beach on a tropical island. But most importantly, a VPN is designed to protect your privacy.
A VPN significantly reduces the chances of data being hacked when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi. It also helps ensure that your data goes wherever it needs to go without being intercepted by VPN hackers, spammers, or anyone else trying to steal it. Simply put, the best way to guarantee one’s online safety is by using a Virtual Private Network. But is VPN safe enough to protect you from hackers?
Can VPNs be hacked?
While popular, VPNs are still not as common in the marketplace as, say, cell phones. One of the most common concerns for people who use Virtual Private Networks is their likelihood of being hacked.
Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer. To put it simply, VPN is definitely one the most effective tool for your online privacy as is does an excellent job encrypting your data and making it unreadable by creating a tunnel that prevents hackers, ISPs, and anyone else interested from looking at it.
Nobody is bulletproof. But who’s gonna shoot?
However, just as nobody’s perfect, nothing’s bulletproof, too. While a VPN hides the majority of your information, it still isn’t flawless. How come you ask? Well, to be honest pretty much anything can be hacked these days. The question is whether you’re an ‘interesting’ target as hacking into a VPN connection requires lots of time, money and resources. It might even take a year or a few. The good news is that the general audience doesn’t fall into a particularly interesting category.
So, does a VPN protect you from hackers? Shortly, yes, as it makes it way too difficult to hack. Who is willing to make such efforts to steal your data having no idea what is there? This is a large enough deterrent to dissuade the casual hacker. You cannot trust a seat belt to save your life but chances of surviving a car crash are significantly enhanced while wearing it – much like your chances of losing precious data are significantly decreased when using a VPN.