Disclosure: I’m not a complete expert in VPN’s, and I’m not claiming to know everything. This isn’t a review of any VPN company, and I’m not employed by any. To remain unbiased I’m not including any VPN affiliate links. I encourage you to do your own research and thinking to see if a VPN is right for you, and which one (if any) you may want to use. These are just my thoughts and opinions.
If you want to edit your website, or someone else’s website you may be wondering if, or when, you should use a VPN. As with everything in life, the answer is, it depends.
You have to take everything a VPN company or sponsored person (by that company) says with a grain of salt, as not everything that is said will be 100% truthful.
If the website uses https, or is an iPhone app that has been updated since 2017, or an Android app since 2018, then the only thing that anyone along or on the network can see is the website that you go to. They can’t see your username or password. If you are editing on a website that doesn’t use https then you really should get them to upgrade to https.
Many VPN companies claim to have great encryption, and while they may, it honestly doesn’t mean much. Some even claim to rotate encryption keys after a period of time to lessen the chance someone could crack that encryption. However the VPN company still has all those encryption keys (with the history) and they could be forced to hand them over to a government agency.
If you think someone or a company or a government is watching what websites you are going to, then you may want to use a VPN. Or if you are going to be blocked getting onto the website then you may want to use a VPN.
Do you trust everything? The computer you are using, the internet provider, the government, the website and who is hosting it? If you don’t trust it then you may want to use a VPN. You also have to use a VPN company that you trust.
Do you care about logs? Almost everything online has some sort of log (including the website you are editing), if you want to lessen the chance that the logs can directly identify you then you may want to use a VPN.
Is there a 100% fool-proof way to ensure you aren’t caught or logged in anyway? No. People use a VPN for many different reasons, and it just provides a little bit of protection against you.
In the end, if using a VPN makes you feel a bit safer and secure, then go ahead and use one of your choice.
If you want to use a VPN which one should you use? There are so many to choose from, I have used AirVPN, Mullvad, TunnelBear, Perfect Privacy, and cryptostorm in the past and they worked for me and my needs. I encourage you to do your own research, and you can start by reading That One Privacy Guy’s VPN comparison.
Sources / Additional information:
Tom Scott | This Video Is Sponsored By ███ VPN
Apple will require HTTPS connections for iOS apps by the end of 2016
Android P Will Default to HTTPS Connections for All Apps
What Is HTTPS, and Why Should I Care? | How-To Geek
5 Reasons Your Site Should Be HTTPS | Blue Corona
VPNs are Lying About Logs | Restore Privacy
VPN Provider’s No-Logging Claims Tested in FBI Case
Private Internet Access’ “No-Logging” Claims Proven True Again in Court
Police Seize Two Perfect Privacy VPN Servers
The cost of shilling VPN companies is your reputation | Louis Rossmann
In January 2021 I’m trying an experiment, I’m going to be posting at least 2 blog posts per week. This is not only to see how the engagement is, but how my writing goes over during the time. As always you can contact me directly if you have any thoughts or opinions on this or what I’ve written on. This is post number 55 as part of 100 Days To Offload.