Is using a VPN safe?
When you browse the internet, there is always some amount of risk attached to your actions. For instance, using a public Wi-Fi means that it is just as easy for any other individual to use the same network as you, making it easy for hackers to see all your online activity. For example, if you log into your bank account or social media platforms such as Twitter of Facebook, your account information including password could be obtained.
A VPN is highly beneficial when browsing the internet because it's able to mask your current location as well as your online activity. It does this through an encrypted link between your device and an outside network, also known as a VPN tunnel. The VPN tunnel allows for data to transfer securely from one network to another. It ensures that the data you generate while using the Internet will be encrypted, helping the VPN to keep your data confidential as it travels through a public network.
Keep in mind, however, that a VPN doesn't ensure complete online safety. For example, your data and devices can still be compromised if you click on a suspicious email or malicious website while connected to a VPN. We recommend pairing Internet best practices with a comprehensive antivirus software such as McAfee Total Protection or a robust guide like McAfee® WebAdvisor web protection which can help guide you away from dangerous websites on search results and social media pages, as well as block downloads that might contain viruses.