There’s a story told in the halls of cybersecurity companies that’s intended to make everyone grasp the fragility of digital information. The story goes like this:
There was a start-up in Seattle that hosted an app that was extremely popular and taking off among their prospective customers. They were feeling the love and growing like crazy. They routinely backed-up their encrypted information to the cloud. Good start-up. But they had one problem: the decryption information was also sent to the cloud. Again, storing it in the cloud was fine. Alas, here was the rub: they sent the information over unsecured wi-fi, the decryption code was stolen, as was their IP, and the company had no choice but to shut down.
The moral: it’s not where you store your ideas, it’s how you put them in storage that matters.
I happen to participate in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) every November. It’s a chance to focus on writing a novel and backing-up that sucker is super important – as you might imagine. I didn’t realize, until I started working in cybersecurity, that my book could be plucked off the network at Starbucks because I was on public wi-fi (as opposed to my private, protected network at home). That’s when I started using a personal VPN when I’m working away from home.
There’s no way I want my novels stolen.
Public wifi is a well-known data security hazard, but we end up using it often because it’s convenient. From airports to hotels to coffee shops and shopping malls (Macy’s has great free wi-fi), we use free wifi because we’ve all been trained to do that to save money! Cellular data can add up; of course, we use the free wifi. Unfortunately, these networks are easy to hack and what should be private, can be stolen by cybercriminals. For people who rely on ideas, this can be a tremendous risk.
Think about what you’re putting at risk – the music you’ve created, your poetry, a movie or story idea, your artwork or clothing designs, your photography, your children’s information; the list goes on and on. For a tiny investment, you can protect your privacy and never worry again about public wifi.
How a VPN works to protect you.
A virtual private network (VPN) gives users privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask a user’s IP address, so online activity is untraceable. InvinciBull allows users to establish secure and encrypted connections over public wifi and is the only mobile app to integrate a VPN with a secure, feature-rich browser.
InvinciBull protects you online by disguising your activity with patented, AES 256, military grade encryption. InvinciBull syncs across all devices and connects automatically to ensure that your devices are protected. Yep, you read that right, buy a subscription for you and your family and protect all your devices. Our auto-protect feature means it’s always on.
We run our service differently than many personal VPNs.
Lastly, when you’ve decided to get a VPN, there are a few things you should look for:
U.S.-based: we are an American company; many, many VPNs are in China. That’s not security.
Minimal data collection: ironically, the point of a VPN is to protect your privacy. Many VPNs collect information about their subscribers that they sell to advertisers. Not us. We need a name and an email. That’s about it!
Subscriber revenue model: we run the business based on subscriptions, not ads. More importantly, we don’t sell your information to anyone. Period.
We have a freemium model – give us a try at no cost and without a credit card – mess with the location feature and see how InvinciBull can start protecting your ideas today.