At the end of my tether

Sam and I spent a week away in the Adventure Van at the beginning of October.  We had four lovely days in the Lake District and the rest of the time relaxing in Moffat, Scotland.  
 
This was a perfect opportunity to test out the newly installed virtual private network (VPN) using wi-fi provided on the caravan sites.
 
Turns out the VPN wasn’t an issue but the wi-fi was.  I didn’t manage to get connected on either site due to a poor signal.
 
I did have a giggle to myself when I tried logging on to the wi-fi in Scotland. A message popped up to tell me to move closer to the router.  Not that easy when we were snuggled down in the caravan on a wet autumn day, having been allocated a bay at the far end of the site.  I wasn’t going to sit outside the site reception in the rain on my laptop so I could be closer!
 
In the end I tethered my mobile to my laptop so it was still important to have the VPN...

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The invisible villain and why you need a VPN

Well, I’ve begun looking into how I can work safely on the internet (and not use all my mobile data allowance) whilst we’re away in the Adventure Van. And my goodness, it’s been an eye opener!

I’ll start by saying that I believe most of us are fairly security conscious. We lock our doors and windows, we leave things out of sight when we park our cars, we look out for any suspicious activity in the neighbourhood.

But what if I told you that it isn’t just the villains on the outside of our homes we need to watch out for anymore. We are unwittingly inviting invisible, silent villains into our homes. Many of them are corporate companies as well as lone wolfs (hackers), all because most of us don’t actually realise what’s going on in the background. 

To put things into context, here are a couple of my findings:

  • Internet service providers (who you buy your broadband accounts from) can, and do, follow and save our every online movements whilst...
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