Have you ever heard of Kevin Mitnick? He was a notorious hacker who used to be on the US government’s “Most Wanted” list. He served five years in prison for computer fraud. But since his release, he has built a career working as a security consultant. Today he is a highly regarded and influential cybersecurity expert.

This is what he says about VPNs:
“Your hotel, airport lounge, or coffee shop’s public Wi-Fi network is not to be trusted. The only thing you can do safely on a public network is to browse the internet. Whenever you’re connecting to an open wireless network, go through a virtual private network. A VPN encrypts your internet activity making it very difficult for a hacker to get access to that information.”

Oldest and most dangerous attacks

A VPN protects against man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks.

  • MiTM attacks are one of the oldest and most dangerous cyber-attacks. These attacks target the data that leaves your computer by hijacking it before it reaches its destination, for instance, when you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi network. 
  • But your data can also be vulnerable to MitM attacks and surveillance when you browse the internet or shop online from your home network. 
  • Hackers can do things like redirect a browser to a malicious website and steal information such as banking information.

Criminals, villains, and spies

MiTM attacks are very common and many of them go undetected until a bank account is emptied or credit card bills show purchases that the owner never made.

  • Europol caught a gang of fraudsters who used MiTM attacks to sniff out and intercept payment requests via email. The gang stole about €6 million within a “very short time” said Europol 
  • A major flaw in banking apps running on IoS and Android smartphones opened up dozens of banking apps to MitM attacks.

But your personal data isn’t just of interest to cybercriminals:

  • The US National Security Agency intercepted citizens’ private data traffic to keep tabs on potentially anyone’s Google searches. 
  • Tracking your browsing history and collecting and selling your private data to third parties has become a multi-million dollar industry.

Reclaim your privacy rights

BullGuard VPN gives you security, privacy, and freedom:

  • Our secure VPN protects against MitM attacks. It sends your internet traffic through a strongly encrypted VPN tunnel, so your passwords and confidential data stay safe, even over public or untrusted Internet connections. 
  • You can browse Wi-Fi hotspots securely from your smartphone or laptop safe in the knowledge that you can’t be tracked, monitored or have your data stolen. 
  • Your internet service provider only sees encrypted traffic passing to our VPN servers. It cannot decipher the data or identify the websites you visit, keeping your browsing history private. 
  • We do not log user activity or share data with third parties ensuring internet browsing without surveillance.
  • BullGuard VPN breaks down the barriers of internet censorship, allowing you to access any website or content anywhere in the world.

Source: https://www.bullguard.com/blog/2019/02/reclaim-your-security,-privacy-and-freedom