A funny thing happened along the way to the information superhighway. Who could have predicted we would have a misinformation superhighway instead? Who could have predicted the security issues we face today?
I would Google both questions but the answers probably predate the onset of what we call the interwebs and it doesn’t matter anyway. The mantra chanted circa 2018 is simple. Misinformation rules. Nothing is secure. The interwebs may be useful and entertaining but we need to navigate wisely.
Security For Security
What got my attention regarding the security issue is a little 99-cent application I found on the Mac App Store. It’s called VPNs Guard. A VPN, of course, is a virtual private network which many of us use these days to secure ourselves from dangers amok across the interwebs. VPNs Guard lives in the Mac’s Menubar and monitors our VPN connections.
- Monitors VPN connections’ status and connection time
- Automatically and continuously keeps VPN connections alive, connected
- Gets macOS notifications about any VPN connection status changes
- Simple macOS status menu interface
Alright, not bad for 99-cents. What you get is a monitor for whichever VPN network you’re using at the moment. Why is that necessary?
For a variety of reasons, VPN connections can disappear without warning, and if you’re near Wi-Fi the Mac may automatically connect which reduces the security you thought you had. So, a little monitor helps.
A trip to the Mac App Store or iPhone’s App Store will reveal dozens of VPN– virtual private network– applications, so VPNs are definitely a trend to protect ourselves from online connections. The Mac comes with a built-in software firewall to help prevent unauthorized access from internet connections, but there is a growing trend toward privacy and security, and a VPN connection is just one of a few steps we all need to guard ourselves from the internet itself (and, by itself, I mean the hackers and criminals who work diligently to take information from our devices– you know, like advertisers).
Search ‘VPN’ on the Mac App Store and you’ll see a few dozen virtual private network applications that range from free to crazy expensive; many with a few thousand reviews, so choose wisely. We’ve just reached this stage in modern life where we are required to protect ourselves.
Mostly from ourselves.