July 13, 2024


Creative meets living

Should you be using a VPN at home to protect against hackers?

Using a VPN essentially creates a tunnel between you and the websites you are connecting to, which keeps anyone else from seeing the information that you are sending over the network.

QUESTION: Should I be using a virtual private network (VPN) at home for better protection against hackers?

ANSWER: A VPN is a tool that can provide a variety of security and usability services that are most useful on networks that are shared by others or when you are traveling.

Unless you are sharing your home network with random strangers, the primary security advantages of using a VPN don’t really apply.

Depending upon the VPN you are using, you could also experience slower Internet connections as everything has to go through the server supplied by the VPN you are using.

If you work from home and are required to use a VPN to access your company’s secured network, you may want to do some tests with it on and off for your personal use to see if there is a performance impact.