For decades, many companies and universities have used Virtual Private Networks to allow students and employees to work from home. How can a student access private data from the lab? By connecting to the school’s network through an encrypted tunnel. Now apply this to the entire internet and you have a VPN repurposed for privacy.
These days, your personal information comes under attack from a variety of fronts, from your internet service provider to Google to your own government. Even if you have nothing to hide from corporate America and the state, cyber crime is a growing threat, especially overseas where you’ll be using public WiFi. Some countries, like China and Iran, censor the internet and don’t take personal privacy as seriously as we do in the United States. If that’s not enough to convince you, certain entertainment services like Netflix are restricted within certain countries.
A VPN can protect in all of these scenarios by disguising your laptop/smartphone’s IP address. The technology works by first connecting your device to a VPN server, then forwarding that connection to almost any website or app you desire. The destination address only sees the VPN you’re connecting from, so your IP address remains a secret. The best services have servers all over the world, so if you’re in a country that doesn’t have Netflix, connect to an American server to fool the streaming service into thinking you’re at home.
All the traffic between you and the desired destination is encrypted, so your personal information isn’t accessible to prying eyes. Most VPNs have a no-logging policy, and your records aren’t accessible.
—Akhil Kalepu, digital contributor and technology columnist
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THERE’S NO DOUBT 2020 HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED year for the travel industry. As borders begin to reopen and destinations, hotels and airlines around the world prepare to welcome travelers once again, we’re celebrating travel and looking to the future as we congratulate the winners of our eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards. This annual survey honors the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding goods, services, destinations, hotels, airlines and cruises.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts opened its third Aiden by Best Western. The Aiden brand is designed to give travelers boutique, modern, stylish and locally inspired stay experiences. The new property is situated in Warm Springs, Georgia, adjacent to the Warm Springs Hotel and Event Center.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings up to $3,050 per person on select voyages when booked by July 8. Round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Papeete (PPT), Tahiti, is included. Deposits for the select sailings have been reduced to $250 per person.
oneworld is an alliance of 13 world-leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and connecting you to more than 1,100 destinations around the world.
Through Sept. 7, guests at M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas can enjoy the No Resort Fee Summer promotion. The resort will waive daily resort fees on all reservations, and guests can also take advantage of summer rates beginning as low as $75 per night. Book online or by calling 877 673 7678.