Virtual Privacy . . .

We are often advised to use a virtual private network to improve our security while surfing the internetweb. I have tried several of these now, both free and paid for. Most of the time they seem to do the business although there is no way that I can see to check what they are up to.

My current VPN is Tunnel Bear which has a rather childish presentation but is easy to understand and seems to work OK. However, Tunnel Bear like the others, hits the buffers now and again. Logging in to the BT Homepage and then one’s own account soon fails until you exit from the VPN. Today GMail would not let me in because it thought I had moved house to Norway.

So, if you haven’t used a VPN but are thinking about it I would say go ahead and take advantage of its protection for most of the time you are on line. But be prepared for the occasional inability to get somewhere you want to be, and switch the thing off. If you are like me you will then forget to switch it back on again.