The Essential Router Protection You Probably Don’t Know About

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Router Protection

The case for using a virtual private network (VPN) has been growing lately. More and more people are learning the dangers of logging onto public Wi-Fi without VPN protection. Not using one leaves your data vulnerable to monitoring and even theft.

What fewer people know about is the importance of protecting your home network. As it turns out, your Internet service provide (ISP) can easily see all of your Internet traffic. If that idea makes you blush, there’s reason for you to use VPN on your home network as well.

For most people, this often means just switching on their VPN app on their phone or desktop. However, an even more efficient solution is to load a VPN directly onto your router.
Protecting the Homes of the Future

Using a VPN on your router has a lot of benefits over simply using one on your personal electronic devices:

  • You never have to worrying about remembering to turn your VPN on. Once the router is running the VPN, you’re set.
  • You don’t have to install the VPN on every device. It also means that devices that might not usually have VPN support (think random IoT devices) are now protected.
  • Everyone in your house–even guests–gets protection when they log onto your network, so you’ll be a hero.
Setting Up Your Router

The next step of course is actually getting your VPN on a router. While a lot of routers can support manually configured on DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, the easiest solution is to go for a VPN service that actually has its own application for routers.

Currently there aren’t too many options out there. However, one of the stronger VPN services, ExpressVPN, has just released an app for routers. You can even buy a router with app pre-installed, making it a great pick for those less inclined to messing around with router firmware.
Go Router, Save Money

The other draw for using ExpressVPN with a router is that you can then use one VPN on as many devices as you want (normally, the paid VPN service limits you to three simultaneous log-ons to their servers). It’s the best way to maximize your VPN’s value.

Of course, you can always go with a free VPN, but those are usually far less trustworthy than paid ones. The nice thing about ExpressVPN is that they have amazing customer service, including round-the-clock live chat. That’s especially helpful if you’re new to the idea of using a VPN on a router or using a VPN in general.

Ultimately, your personal Wi-Fi network is like your digital home. We use a key to lock our doors when we go out or close the shades when we don’t want others looking in. That’s what a VPN does for your digital life–it give you the ability to maintain privacy even when online.
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