The internet is broken. Or, more accurately, the current system that allows us to access the internet is broken.
Cyber criminals are working out increasingly innovative ways to get around security protocols and steal our personal information. It seems like there’s a major hack or data breach at least once a month.
But what if it didn’t have to be that way? We’ve created a powerful private and secure browser to protect users against theft, censorship, and spying of all kinds: from ISPs, government, and cyber criminals. Here are three reasons why you need a private browser, regardless of what you’re doing online.
1. Your ISP knows everything you do
Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is tracking and storing everything you do online, even when you’re in “incognito” or “private browsing” mode. But with a private browser like Avast Secure Browser, your ISP can’t see what you’re doing. That’s because the Avast private browser comes with a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN), which encrypts all of your data going in and out. That means no one — not even your ISP — can see what you’re doing online.
It’s also worth noting that if an ISP has your data, they can hand it over to the government. Just something to think about.
2. Public Wi-Fi is never safe
Public Wi-Fi — meaning any network that a lot of people can connect to easily, even if it’s password-protected — is never secure. Public Wi-Fi is like a treasure-trove for cyber criminals, who can either infect the network with malware, intercept your specific data stream, or grab a whole bunch of data and then sort through it for valuable pieces later.
Installing a VPN on your desktop, or using a mobile browser with built-in VPN, like Avast Secure Browser for Android or iOS, keeps your data encrypted and makes public Wi-Fi safe again.
3. Advertisers are tracking you
Ever googled something, only to have it show up in an ad on Instagram? It’s a jarring thing the first time it happens. And it happens because advertisers are always tracking you, either through their own advertisements or through widgets installed by social media platforms. And even people who aren’t signed up for social media are being tracked by these widgets, so not being a member of Facebook won’t protect you.
If you don’t like the idea of all of this information being collected and stored and sold — and take a minute to really think about what you do online, even if you feel you don’t have anything to hide — then a private browser like Avast Secure Browser is a great option.
Your IP address can be used to pin down the address of where your computer accessed the internet.
Encryption is “the process of converting information or data into a code, especially to prevent unauthorized access”.