A Bit Scary
There could be a Mr Robot somewhere hacking YOUR home or phone. Some very scary information about our ever-popular smart home systems tech is emerging daily.
It was kind of cool but also alarming to read the Telegraph paper article about chips placed into humans and how you can wave your hand to pay for things or open your doors. I will explain why it is alarming and why you need a VPN to protect yourself from all of the hacking your smart home systems may encounter.
The Growth of Amazon Smart Tech
I also read about Amazon buying a Wifi router company as it would then have the power to connect better to their Echo and control more devices.
So will it be Amazon hacking your home?
Last year Facebook was found to be providing millions of people’s data to Cambridge Analytica who then influenced elections in different countries. Maybe Facebook is spying on my information or hacking my phone
Which eyes are on your data now? Which companies are tracking your behaviours? While we have no worries NOW in the democratic West, what happens if the rules change as a part of government policy?
Who Is Watching Us?
In the last year it was discovered that the Russia dark web was influencing users with targeted ads. The Chinese have oppressed the Xinjiang region state by monitoring every Uyghur citizen by hacking into their smartphones and even taking their DNA. In fact, they are reported to have imprisoned 1 million of them!
What will make us be next?
Wait, Can The Chinese State Reach Into the West?
The same technology was tracked in the West. The Chinese police state is monitoring not only their citizens but also Australian citizen Uyghur families with other Xinjiang family links by using facial and voice recognition and smartphone tracking.
This is one of the sad stories to prove it. Can this really be true?
The News This Morning – No Huawei Equipment For Government (But It’s Fine for You?)
In fact, Western governments (well, the USA in particular) have now banned certain types of Huawei equipment because, as stated on the BBC again today, the phones are cheaply made leaving them very exposed to…… guess what… phone hacking.
Why is data being gathered by anyone? In the excuse of security? Knowledge? Is it good or bad?
Mr Robot Series – Amazon Prime – Gripping!
Even the Amazon.com Mr Robot TV series, grippingly fantasizes about what can happen if a smart home system or a person’s life is being hacked . ( Ironic, considering they design smart home systems and are edging more to controlling many more smart home devices!)
It’s a good one to watch if you want to see a view of what’s possible.
(But this blog is not about Mr Robot, it’s about you.)
Who’s in Control of Your Information?
Have you ever thought about all this hacking stuff and the safety of your identity? Is it too much stress to get your head around? Well, I have an easy, excellent solution.
Who..or What is Hacking Your Home?
Devices such as locks, TVs, heating thermostats, lighting, smart hubs and of course the ever popular assistants (Google SmartThings, Echo etc) operate on open networks which can connect to your router. Even if your router is protected, the devices can be hacked if their own passwords are not protected or changed from the default passwords.
Recently Techcrunch reported over 41% of users don’t trust the security of their own devices.
Hacking Froze Business Worldwide
We have seen how this can affect daily life at the business level.
The Washington Post reported in June 2017, the European wide hack and requirements for ransom money. Companies were sent malware and thousands of computers in the UK and USA froze. They could not access their own data. Medical records could not be accessed. Companies had to pay thousands to access their own data from an unknown company in a different country. No one knew who these people were at the time.
Scamwatch Australia’s Stats for Personal Hacking
Imagine that happening to YOU. Scamwatch.gov.au records those who report their personal horrors of money being stolen…(many people do not.) But we do have a solution for this!
Scamwatch.gov.au define a hack as:
Hacking occurs when a scammer gains access to your personal information by using technology to break into your computer, mobile device or network.
I cannot imagine the same guys hacking the chip inside my body and making me pay them all the money in my bank account.or making me give them the contact information of friends and family because it is stored on my hand! Can this be possible in the future? And yet people and companies want to be injected with computer chips.
A Sci-Fi Movie or the Future?
There’s a story of how a power-hungry dictator can mandate that everyone has a chip as their biometric code for identity…which holds all your data,….your location., personal details, where you work, what you buy… and that person restricts your income , food,, monitors who you speak to…and may want rid of you because you don’t comply.
Sounds far fetched? But wait, aren’t we halfway there with the data we give away for a freebie on our phones now? Remember Xinjiang?
Enough Already! Solution Please?
The solution?…Encryption via a VPN….. and of course, each of us being aware and fighting for our privacy rights against huge corporations and organizations controlling our data!
What’s a VPN?
Everything you do via the internet needs encryption for your own safety. And VPNs…virtual private networks provide this.
A VPN is a sort of tunnel through which all your smart home system internet traffic can flow and be scrambled before reaching its location. It has multiple layers of encryption and therefore hackers and spyware can’t see anything you are doing on the internet. There is a wide range of VPNs on the market, some better than others and some safer or more secure than others.
Time to start using one today on your phone, smart home system network or business network.
How a VPN Can Be Used to Stop Home and Phone Hacking
We have mentioned how security and data privacy can be protected by a VPN being installed on a device or better on the smart home system router. Which is great. Phew… no more hacking !
But did you know the VPN can also be used in other ways – primarily in entertainment and watching content in another country where you would not normally have access? Or shopping online in other countries and scooping up deals?
I often watch American content when I am in the UK and UK content when in the US.
if you are searching online, the VPN will hide all your data and searches. While I do not endorse secrecy, there are times when your actions need hidden…like banking.
3 TOP VPNs
Not all VPNs are made the same. Free or basic VPNs may opt to sell your privacy which defeats the object of being a VPN service. They may not provide customer service to help you Install. Free VPNs also come with a plethora of ads which are irritating.
The best VPNs offer a quality service, a trial period and most of all, ease of installation and integration with different devices. Here are our picks for this year which we will delve into for your benefit!
- Express VPN
- Nord VPN
- Safer VPN
- Free trial
- 30 day money back guarantee
- 100% unconditional money return in 30 days
- payment accepted in some many forms!
- Can connect 3 device; if on a router connects everything!
- 256 byte encryption
- world’s largest VPN provider
- 3000 + servers/160 server locations in 94 countries
- premium bandwidth for fastest speeds
- 24/7 customer support..with Livechat
- Only VPN to work on non VPN compatible devices eg Apple TV and Smart TVs
- complete privacy and anonymity
- no activity or connection logs
- Unblocks Netflix, Amazon, BBC Iplayer, and geo-restricted content with their media streamer
- Easy apps for even nonsupported devices
- best military-grade encryption
Express VPN is one of the best VPNs on the market because of the factors listed above.
Easy To Use
I have used several VPNs but like this one the most, primarily because of ease of use, speed and high levels of encryption. For me it was the easiest to install compared to other VPNs and I did not have the connecting headaches with trying to get it connected to my router and various devices because they have easy to use apps.
Easy To Install
It was amazing that even I could manage to install the VPN – for myself and my parents! I also liked that the website had my details easily accessible whenever I needed them and even secured my account online!. ExpressVPN also offers multiple apps for ease of use on many devices not supported by other VPNs.
Opinions About Express VPN
Click here to read a detailed review of the Express VPN’s features. We included these snippets here.
Nord VPN is pretty close in quality to Express VPN. The company is not as large as Express VPN. It hasn’t got as many locations but it is not far behind in size and definitely equal in reputation.. Its growth in the VPN market has been due to its unbelievably low prices and good value which attracts many students, who then continue using the service as they start their lives post education. It is very competitive in speed streaming – another draw for gaming students.
- 30-day unconditional return of funds
- 75% off sign up price making the VPN one of the least cost VPN
- Super-low cost with 3-year signup
- accepts multiple payment methods
- Access for 6 devices
- Killer switch to protect
- Double VPN Similar to Express the extra encryption to hide all your activity
- Easy to install with multiple apps
- Use of the onion Routers system over the VPN to completely protect activity with complete privacy
- 5290 servers · 61 countries for is the network of Nord VPN.
- no logs of your use
- high speeds for streaming
Does not work well with non – VPN compliant devices.
They have fewer locations with top speeds.
Safer VPN has the lowest cost of all 3 providers when you commit to a 3-year subscription. It is the easiest one-click installation to protect your data and streaming but is a much smaller company with 700 servers so there are fewer locations. Safer VPN does not provide double encryption as Express VPN and Nord VPN provide but you get what you pay for. It is a smaller company but they stand out with their one-click apps.
- 256-bit encryption
- Automatic wifi hotspot protection when out and about
- a Killswitch to stop your data from being accessed if VPN doesn’t work
- no logging policy on your webwork
- multiple ways to connect devices
- 34+ countries
- Full customer service 24/7.
- connect up to 5 devices
- Low monthly cost when paid annually
- offers a killer switch
- 256-byte encryption as Express VPN and Nord VPN
|Price per month annual (US$)||$8.32||$6.14||$5.49|
|Money back guarantee||yes||yes||free trial|
|24/7 Live customer service||yes||yes||yes|
|Servers/ server locations||3000+/161/||5290||700/34|
|Number of devices connected with package||3||6||5|
|Ultrafast premium bandwidth restricted countries||Yes||A few||No|
|Killer switch and Wifi hotspot connectivity||yes||yes||yes|
|geo-restricted streaming Netflix etc||yes||some||some|
So What Will You Do?
For me, there is no question about protecting myself, my family and my business. I don’t need people to know my bank Information. I ensure my family is protected with a VPN and everyone is free to use any device they wish at home. One of my businesses had valuable copyright so my VPN was an important part of intellectual property.
The few dollars a month are well worth the value to protect my teams and family and the annual fee, of course, makes more economic sense If you can’t purchase annual packages, then upgrade at any time to keep them protected.
Let me know which VPN you chose and please comment, like us or share us to a friend who needs this information!