This week’s Tech Tip is about doing your homework on those you choose to put your trust in, especially your data!

VPN usage is more and more common. What used to be a tool for remotely connecting to a corporate network, is now being used to secure communications for mobile workers, or to provide access to geographically restricted resources. Chances are if you don’t use a VPN now, you probably will, soon.

What you may not be aware of, though, is that nearly a third of the leading VPN providers are secretly owned by one of six Chinese firms. It may be fine to use some, or even all of these VPN providers, but there’s certainly cause for concern. It’s a fact that the Chinese government at least theoretically has access to any information that passes through a network owned by any Chinese company. It’s also a fact that intercepted trade secrets and other proprietary business information has been shared with Chinese companies by the Chinese government.

Before you select a VPN provider, do some research. Fortunately, there are security experts and security-minded people that have already done a lot of the work on this. One of the best resources I’ve found for this can be found at That One Privacy Site. As a bonus, he also ranks email providers!

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