Personal Online Security!
Are you taking it seriously yet? Not many people are but it seems we are getting there slowly. This article is for people who might be already using the email service, but wasn’t aware of the VPN that exists. We are starting to have many more adverts online which promote a VPN service, and its becoming a standard to start using one – but all the good ones ask you for money.
When I first searched for a VPN to start using, I was willing to pay for it as long as I could pay anonymously -because otherwise there is not much point in paying with a card (not that I use banks) because your ID will be then linked to the VPN.
Firstly I found TorGuard and tried several times to pay with XMR – Monero, but without a success. I didn’t know this at the time, but the Encrypted Email Provider I am using since a long time ProtonMail, also provides a free VPN service for the people already using the email service until one day I found the android app on google play. Its best to say, that to have a VPN running whilst you are online, is just that small thing separating you from all this selling of data that you are hearing more about in the news, and also to have your computer running through other computers to hide its location is also helping to protect you from various other threats. A small tool, for a big safety measure.
ProtonMail service promises you the user that your mails are all encrypted and I know this to be true, because if you type your password wrong 3 times then all your emails are shown in an encrypted format once your back in. If you have to create a new password, or remember your old one again after 3 times of entering it wrongly and get to log back in again, then all your inbox messages will be in encryption making it impossible to read old mails – and even Protonmail themselves claim that they cant even de-crypt it.
Here’s ProtonMail in a nutshell as quoted from their own Homepage:
“We are scientists, engineers, and developers working to protect civil liberties online.”
“ProtonMail was founded in 2013 by scientists who met at CERN and were drawn together by a shared vision of a more secure and private Internet. Since then, ProtonMail has evolved into a global effort to protect civil liberties and build a more secure Internet, with team members also hailing from Caltech, Harvard, ETH Zurich and many other research institutions.”
“Today, we help our community of millions of users secure their private data online. More than 10,000 supporters have assisted us in this mission by donating to make this project possible. Thanks to your support, we are continuing to develop state of the art email privacy and security technology from our home base of Geneva, Switzerland.”
Time to change your Mail?
Some people have started to get newly into Crypto and that means that they will be doing things that later will most likely be seen as a “Taxable Income” or even a crime?! and of course then random people will try to tell you that you must pay a tax. You will be needing as much online security as you can to avoid not only the make-believe tax’s that will me made up like any other tax is, but also there are the hackers who are making millions from scams and stealing private keys from computers. The downside to having everything decentralized is that we ourselves will be responsible for our own funds instead of how it is now. Maybe its time to change to an encrypted email provider and dump the AOL or Yahoo email address that you had since school in the 90’s. Trust me, all those years of emails are sat in storage on a microchip somewhere, or these days stored in a cloud, and every single thing you were writing all those years is now owned by a company. Also be sure not to even keep your old email name, be original!!
Free ProtonVPN For Android and Desktop
Most are familiar with the proton mail but if you are still searching or thinking about finally getting one, then I would really suggest just to use this one. You could kill two birds with one stone and start a fresh encrypted email account, and get to use the VPN which is all using the same user name and password, so that no other third party is able to store and read your emails or see where in the world your computer is located from here on out!
Creating a Free Account
I found it easier on the webpage to sign up and didn’t try going straight for the Vpn. Account creation is easy, and the hardest part is to pick a name! You can also give a secondary email address in which you could use to reset your password if you loose or forget it someday.
The free account is limited but its working perfectly. Some users might be deterred from signing up because of the human verification requires an sms or donation. You can always use someone else’s phone to receive the sms code.
For an equivalent of 4 euros per month, you can get access to the PLUS account but shamefully, ProtonMail haven’t yet started to accept forms of cryptocurrency and so people like myself cant (and I’d be very willing to) upgrade to get these extra cool features:
- 5 GB storage
- Send up to 1000 messages per day
- Labels, Custom Filters, and Folders
- Send encrypted messages to external recipients
- Use your own domain (ex: [email protected])
- Up to 5 email aliases
- Priority Customer Support
Download the Desktop VPN client here and you can also go create an account there on the VPN webpage.
I hope to influence people who haven’t yet got a VPN to go get this one straight after reading and I will say that I have no affiliation with the Protonmail Company, I am just very happy they exist to give free security to people around the globe because the more people who know about it the better it is for a decentralized future and for your sake of data protection.
“Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.”
The last articles have all been introducing you to projects out to help people get rewarded by the benefits of blockchain technology and by starting with no investments, how to start earning some form of Cryptocurrency.
Until next time, Long Live The Blockchain, @movingman