The average American family has five network-connected devices. These devices allow users to do everything from stream Netflix and Hulu to check sensitive private information. In this hyper-connected age, it is more important than ever to make sure all of your devices are protected, to ensure family Internet safety.
Recent privacy breaches at Uber, Macy’s and Facebook have shown the reality of cyber threats. While families are powerless to stop corporate security hacks, they can take steps to ensure that their home networks are protected. Leaving networks and network devices unprotected can lead to hacks of family networks.
The recent repeal of Net Neutrality has made many re-examine family Internet safety. Net Neutrality legislation was meant to protect private consumers and their data. With Net Neutrality repealed, Internet Service Providers have few limits on what they can do with your data. Users will have to take steps on their own to ensure safety for their families online.
While total anonymity on the Internet is impossible, families can protect their online privacy with a VPN.
Using a VPN for Family Internet Safety
A Virtual Private Network encrypts data by tunneling the connection through a secure server. Using a VPN, your original IP Address is hidden. With a VPN there is no more data mining, no more snooping and no more tracking from any of your network devices.
Families make use of the Internet for nearly every aspect of their lives. A VPN can help make your family safer in all of their online endeavors.
Protecting Your Family On Vacation
For families traveling abroad, access to the Internet is crucial. Whether it is for looking at train schedules, buying last minute tickets, or keeping up with friends back home, an Internet connection is becoming more and more mandatory. While some families may opt to use LTE or other forms of data connection, these options can be expensive and often offer slow speeds.
With this, many families on vacation end up using public WiFi, whether it be in hotels, cafes, or anywhere else. However, using public WiFi is a gamble. Public WiFi opens the door for hackers to snoop on your data, compromising your family Internet safety. Here are a few of the most common dangers associated with using public WiFi:
1. Man-in-the-middle attacks
This is the most popular form of attack by hackers. When a computer connects to a network it sends data back and forth between the device and the server. A hacker can sit inside the network and intercept the communication between a user’s computer and a network, making it no longer private. Essentially, this is the cyber equivalent of eavesdropping.
MitM attacks are inexpensive and require little technical expertise.
2. Sniffing and Snooping
These types of attacks are more complicated. Hackers buy software kits allowing them to track users on networks.
Using this method hackers can get more specific information when eavesdropping on their victims, including specific page visits and logins.
3. Malicious code and Malware
All software operating systems have security vulnerabilities. When your family logs on to a public network, hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities and leave malware or malicious code. This code can track user Internet movements long after they get off public WiFi.
4. Fake Hotspots
Even scarier is the possibility of connecting to a fake network. Hackers can set up their own account with an innocent-sounding name. For example, instead of “Hilton WiFi” they might call it “Hilton Hotel WiFi”. Both of these network names sound equally plausible, but while one is real, the other is a fake network.
Once users connect to a fake network all of their data can be tracked and stolen.
However, with a VPN you can avoid these problems with family Internet safety when connecting to legitimate public networks. As your data is encrypted, no one can spy on your or your family’s activity.
And, here at FlashRouters, we partner with some of the leading VPN providers, so you can be sure that your family is secure:
|- Customized ExpressVPN firmware
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|- 1,100+ VPN servers in 60+ countries
- Owns and operates their own servers
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|- Strict no logging policy
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Avoid Data Snoopers With a VPN
Another way that a VPN can help increase family Internet safety is by hiding your information from data snoopers. These snoopers take many forms, including your Internet Service Provider. While ISPs may not have malicious intent when tracking their customers’ usage data, it may still be an uncomfortable thought for many, especially when children are involved.
ISPs make money by selling your data to marketers and advertisers. As your ISP provides you with an Internet connection, they can see all of your traffic. This may be embarrassing to some, as private searches could result in targeted ads of a private nature.
Using a VPN fixes that problem. Since your data is encrypted, the ISP can’t see the sites that you are visiting. They can see the ISP tunnel, but no specific data on what is traveling through the tunnel. This means no more targeted ads and no more information being sold to the highest bidder.
However, while VPNs are an excellent solution to improving family Internet safety, not all devices are VPN configurable. Some devices, like Xboxes or PlayStations, cannot have a VPN configured onto them.
This is where FlashRouters can help!
FlashRouters Family Internet Safety Benefits
A FlashRouter is a customized wireless router upgraded with highly customized open-source firmware.
Our router experts continually check routers for the newest builds, test them, and configure them onto your unique product. FlashRouters also configures the router to ensure optimal configuration for your home environment.
Upgrading to a FlashRouter provides added network stability, increased range, and enhanced security.
And, while VPNs also work for individual devices, VPN subscriptions only extend to specific devices and have limited connections per account, usually far below the number of connected devices that the average person has. However, with a FlashRouter you can cover all your devices with one VPN connection.
You can take a look at some of our most powerful and popular routers that can help guarantee family Internet safety with a VPN.
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Access Geo-Restricted Materials and Improve the Shopping Experience
One of the biggest additional benefits to using a VPN or a VPN-enabled FlashRouter is accessing restricted content. Many streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. geo-restrict their content. The shows or movies that you watch in your home country may be unavailable in a foreign country. People in Germany may only have access to German shows and not the hottest US shows, or vice versa. Going over to another country should not restrict you from watching the content you did at home.
To fix that you can use a VPN. By using a VPN you can change your location to back home and access a variety of streaming options. Whether you want to watch the latest series or show your kids their favorite programming on PBS, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, or the Disney Channel, accessing them outside the United States is rather difficult. Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, all either limit or show different content in different regions.
While some may opt to stream or download that content illegally, this can undermine family Internet safety. Since many of these sites are illegal, it is important to understand how they make money. Very often, these sites make money by selling user information. Even worse, accessing these sites can expose users to malware, spyware, and other viruses that can do irreparable damage to Internet networks.
With a VPN connection and VPN-enabled, users can connect to a server in the United States and access their favorite content. With the FlashRouters Privacy App, that process is easier than ever. Just choose the server you want from a drop-down menu and click (as shown below with IPVanish).
Additionally, using a VPN can help improve your shopping experience. Online retailers change the prices of objects depending on location. With a VPN, users can change their location and compare prices in other locations to ensure that they get the best deals on the products they buy.
That’s important for many families, as money saved means more money that can be spent on vacations, college savings, or retirement.
Regardless of whether you’re a small family or a large one, improving family internet safety is crucial in today’s connected world. With a VPN and VPN-enabled FlashRouter families everywhere can do just that.
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