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If you’re new to campus, you should know that using the campus wifi comes with stipulations. Some sites, like torrent sites, porn sites, and other blacklisted sites are often blocked by universities. At The Leader, we believe in free access to information regardless of content. That’s why we advocate the use of VPN’s or Virtual Private Networks. Not only do VPN’s circumvent campus wifi restrictions and avoid punishment from administration, they provide you an added layer of security and privacy from hackers.
What the heck is a VPN?
Virtual Private Networks, also known as VPNs, act as a middle man between your computer/phone and the target website. In other words, when you use a VPN the only traffic people will see from your device is to the VPN server, not the sites you’re visiting.
Which one should I use?
The VPN you use really depends on the device you plan on using. Different softwares work with different devices.
Onavo Protect is a free VPN service available for both Android and iPhone devices, and is extremely easy to setup and start browsing with an added layer of security and privacy.
If you’re using a PC, Ultrasurf is a great VPN program that works with minimal effort. Just download and install.
For Mac users, Hotspot Shield is a powerful security and privacy solution that acts as a VPN.
Why is internet privacy important
Privacy is connected to security; by protecting our privacy, we increase our security while browsing the Internet. When using a free wireless network on campus or at a local business, users become susceptible to dangers just like venturing into any real public space.
In recent years, Internet privacy has continued to erode. User activity is constantly tracked by advertisers and social media networks, Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), as well as government agencies like the NSA. By using a VPN and following some basic security measures, you can lead the fight for the right to privacy.
Now that you’re protected, it’s time to feed effectively. Check out last week’s Freshmen Seminar: Hot meals for under two dollars.