Why you need to trust your VPN: Lock and Code S02E05

This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs. In addition, we speak to Malwarebytes senior security researcher JP Taggart about the importance of trusting your VPN.

You’ve likely heard the benefits of using a VPN: You can watch TV shows restricted to certain countries, you can encrypt your web traffic on public WiFi networks, and, importantly, you can obscure your Internet activity from your Internet Service Provider, which may use that activity for advertising.

But obscuring your Internet activity—including the websites you visit, the searches you make, the files you download—doesn’t mean that a VPN magically disappears those things. It just means that the VPN itself gets to see that information instead.

Tune in to hear about what your VPN can see, why it is important for that information to be secured, and how you can safely transfer your trust to a VPN, on the latest episode of Lock and Code, with host David Ruiz.

Why you need to trust your VPN, with JP Taggart Lock and Code

This week on Lock and Code, we speak to Malwarebytes senior security researcher JP Taggart about the importance of trusting your VPN.   You’ve likely heard the benefits of using a VPN: You can watch TV shows restricted to certain countries, you can encrypt your web traffic on public WiFi networks, and, importantly, you can obscure your Internet activity from your Internet Service Provider, which may use that activity for advertising.   But obscuring your Internet activity—including the websites you visit, the searches you make, the files you download—doesn’t mean that a VPN magically disappears those things. It just means that the VPN itself gets to see that information instead.   Tune in to hear about what your VPN can see, why it is important for that information to be secured, and how you can safely transfer your trust to a VPN, on the latest episode of Lock and Code, with host David Ruiz.   

  1. Why you need to trust your VPN, with JP Taggart
  2. The Malwarebytes 2021 State of Malware report
  3. Defending online anonymity and speech with Eva Galperin
  4. Talking Emotet’s takedown with Adam Kujawa
  5. Celebrating Data Privacy Day with Mozilla, DuckDuckGo, and EFF

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Other cybersecurity news:

  • Hades ransomware has been linked to the Evil Corp cybercrime gang who uses it to evade sanctions. (Source: BleepingComputer)
  • Researchers discover two dozen Chrome extensions that are being used to serve up unwanted adds, steal data, and divert users to malicious sites. (Source: DarkReading)
  • An advisory for two high-severity flaws has been issued by the OpenSSL project. (Source: SecureBlink)
  • A $50m ransomware demand made against PC manufacturer Acer by the REvil/Sodinokibi cyber crime syndicate sets a nw record. (Source: ComputerWeekly)

Stay safe!