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How to Stay Safe on the Internet in 2018

Do you think that you are safe on the internet? So did I before I got a letter from my internet provider that stated that they weren’t monitoring my activities but that they saw that I accessed a forbidden site. HOW WOULD SOMEBODY KNOW THIS IF THEY WEREN’T MONITORING MY ACTIVITIES?

2018 is around the corner. A lot of countries are getting stricter around internet usage. China and Russia in particular. How to stay safe on the internet is one of those questions that will be asked a lot in 2018. Here’s our answer on how you can stay safe on the internet in several different situations.


How to Keep Your Content Safe


If you didn’t already take care of this step, the chances are that you aren’t reading this article. You need to get an antivirus on your computer or mobile device. There are several ways you can stay safe on the internet, and keeping your content safe on the computer is one of them. That’s important too. You want to protect yourself on the internet, but you also want to protect yourself from what the internet can expose your devices too.


Staying Safe When Using Open Networks Such as in Starbucks or on Buses

Gingerbread latte, please.

With some extra security, maybe.

Starbucks isn’t a place that sells you coffee. It sells you an experience. A great place to work. A great place to chill out in. That also means Wi-Fi. Open Wi-Fi.

What does that mean? It means that you are exposed when connected to Wi-Fi in Starbucks. This also applies to buses, shopping malls, stadiums, and pretty much every place with free Wi-Fi.

Do not buy anything online when connected to an open network. Don’t type in any passwords or search for any locations. With a simple piece of software, anyone can see what you are up to and steal your confidential information.

In order to stay safe on the internet when using an open network, you need to use a VPN. A VPN is a virtual private network. It’s virtual, and it’s private. With it, you can be connected to an insecure network, and still stay secure because your IP is different and everything you do is encrypted and thus cannot be seen by anyone else that’s connected to the network.

PrivateVPN offers military-grade AES 256-bit encryption code with 2048-bit DH key on all of its servers to ensure that you are always secure and that nobody can see what you are up to. More on how to install in a second.


Staying Safe From Government and Network Providers Surveillance

Oh, it’s real. The government might be monitoring you right now for trying not be monitored by the government.

The government and network providers do monitor what we do. Don’t believe me? Check the story of Michele Catalano and how 3 searches on Google by 3 different members of the family led to an anti-terrorist unit paying Michele a visit.

While in certain situations, monitoring by the government is helpful and can save lives, what you do on the internet will be known. And that’s not something that a lot of people want.

That’s what a VPN helps with too.

You can change your location by connecting to a different server, in PrivateVPN’s case, there are 56 different server locations available. And you are encrypted with the already mentioned AES 256-bit encryption doe with 2048-bit DH key. You probably didn’t know what that meant the first time you read it, and you probably don’t know what that means now. It means that somebody would need to try a 2 to the 256th power amount of combinations to get into your data.

If your data is encrypted, your internet provider and the government can’t monitor you.

Great, how do you get PrivateVPN installed to stay safe on the internet in 2018?


Setting PrivateVPN Up

  • Firstly, go to PrivateVPN.com and press Buy. Don’t worry. You have 30 days to get a refund if you are not satisfied with the service. If you have any problems, contact our award winning support as chosen by vpnMentor.We also won a reward for Best Value service given by BestVPN.
  • Provide your details.
  • Go to the bottom of the PrivateVPN website and press Download.
  • Choose the version that suits your device.
  • Install.
  • Log in.
  • Connect to a server of your choice. Oh, and by the way. If you connect to a country outside of where you are, you can actually access content that might not be accessible otherwise. Netflix, Hulu, BBC, and Amazon Prime for example.

That’s it.


Conclusion - You can stay safe on the internet in 2018

We all want to stay safe on the internet. If you don’t, you will if something happens to you. Better to be safe than sorry. Get yourself a VPN to stay safe.

Written by Michael Smolski.