3 reasons you NEED a VPN!

3 reasons you NEED a VPN!

Let’s face it, everyone is connected to the internet in some way, shape, or form. In today’s society, internet users face a lot of security challenges when accessing the WWW (World Wide Web).

From being tracked by the government or ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to their neighbor stealing their wifi and monitoring their transmitted traffic.

There’s no safe haven on the internet as long as you’re connected! Luckily, there’s a technology called “VPN” (Virtual Private Network) which can help protect your identity, location and data. It’s not the magic answer, but it will help keep you from being an easy target.


First, what’s a VPN?

A VPN is a complex network of computers/servers over the internet. Also, it’s a method used to add another level of security and privacy to a private/public networks (Like at your local coffee shop or when using the internet).

Business on the fly

VPNs are commonly used in business industries because they are a great way to protect sensitive data when employees are teleworking. An example of this would be if an employee was working from home and needed to access sensitive work files on a public internet. They could download and use VPNS client/server software or even applications like Rocket VPN, which is a free app on Google Play and iOS.

VPNs like Rocket VPN, are great for encrypting data, unblocking geographically restricted content, and keeping you anonymous while conducting business on the web. This is why businesses prefer using VPNs on a public network.


Bypassing content filters

The internet should be open and available to all, in a perfect world, but behind the scenes, content filters are actively controlling what a user sees. Content filters can be placed in a number of places including: Schools, offices, or even placed by the government; blocking sites such as YouTube or popular News media channels.

Filters can also block many other digital paths a user may want to take, but they are unable to because of the restrictions. International travelers often become innocent victims of these filters, because they are using IPs from their distant location.

VPNs will be the answer to this issue, because it will allow you to alter how you are “seen” on the internet. Example: If you’re in one of my favorite countries Mexico and connect to a VPN server located in the United States, you would be able to browse websites that only U.S residents will be allowed to access even though you are physically located in Mexico. All traffic will look like its coming from a United States IP.


The only downsides will be an increase in latency because of the additional overhead you are using, additional “hop points”, and sometimes having to use a third party server, but it’s a small price for internet freedom. VPNs are also great for bypassing countries firewalls, like “the great firewall of China” and can work the same in all countries.

Have your data encrypted, increase your security and privacy

VPNs provide security and privacy with the use of encryption. VPNs rely on ‘tunneling’, forming an encrypted connection between the VPN server and the device. By encrypting the data while it travels, it prevents MIM “man-the-middle” attacks. This is a common tactic in which criminals intercept and modify the data packets after putting themselves in the middle of the path.

A few security protocols that are commonly used with VPNs are IPsec, SSH and OpenVPN. There are a few companies that use AES 256-bit encryption and SHA2, authentication along with other proprietary algorithms.


Try downloading any of the preferred VPN’s from the app stores for use.

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11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:


  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.


Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.


Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!


There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.


There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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