There is an increasing number of cyber attacks, which has led to a dramatic rise in the number of users on the Internet and businesses getting hacked.
And with the threat of a ransomware campaign spreading across the world, many businesses have taken the unusual step of temporarily shutting down their computers to protect themselves.
But what if you’re not a business or not using the Internet as a normal business activity?
The answer is to have an alternative network, as explained by Brian O’Connor, senior vice president and general manager of Cyber Security Solutions at Cisco Systems.
“It’s really about having the ability to connect to the cloud, to the wireless networks and to the Internet through a VPN,” O’Connors told ABC News.
To be able to securely connect to a cloud-based network, it’s going to take some configuration. “
In the future, this will be a very, very important part of what we do.”
To be able to securely connect to a cloud-based network, it’s going to take some configuration.
You’ll need to configure the device and connect to it through an Internet-facing network like your local or remote computer.
“You can use a VPN to connect from one computer to another,” O-Connors explained.
“You can also use an SSH tunnel to connect the device to the network.”
“You’re going to want to use a combination of two or more devices,” he said.
“If you’re using a single device, you might need a USB stick and an SD card, and if you have multiple devices connected to the same network, you’ll want to get an ethernet cable, and that’ll get you the wireless network connectivity.”
There are two main ways to get a VPN connection going: a free VPN service, and using a paid VPN service.
If you use a paid service, you can sign up for a free account to get started.
It will cost you $25 per month for up to 10 devices.
“It’s a great way to get the most out of your device,” O’-Connor said.
He said you’ll need a device that can handle the connection and a wireless connection.
“When you first set up the VPN, you’re going see a little bit of a blank screen.
There’s no password,” O‑Connors said.
You can sign in with your username and password and you’ll see your network information.
If it’s a public Wi-Fi network, that’s good, because you’ll be able see what the network is for, he said, “but it’s not necessarily going to be a secure connection.”
There will be times where the VPN connection won’t be able, for example if you connect to your Internet using a home network.
But, he stressed, there are also times where you want to be connected to a public network.
“If you want, you could have the VPN on a public hotspot and then you connect your device to that,” he explained.
That means you’re connected to public networks, but not to private networks, so you can have that private network available.
“There are also devices that are designed specifically for VPN.
The ones that you’re interested in, they have a lot of capabilities,” he added.
“They’ll be really, really good for protecting you from the outside world.”
The key to this is you need to be really careful about what you’re doing.
You should not put yourself at risk by putting your device into the VPN.
“What you’re trying to do is get a virtual private network, or VPN,” he concluded.
You might not want to go that route, as the VPN can be used by people who want to see things from your device without your permission.
“But the way we do it is by having an IP address,” he stressed.
“There’s a number of VPN providers that are set up with IP addresses, and the way they do that is they connect their computers, and they’re using DHCP.”
That means that a DHCP server on your router will respond to your IP address and make sure your device is connected to that IP address.
“When you connect, you want your device and the IP address to be the same,” O-‘Connors advised.
“So if you do have a router, you need an IP router.”
That means you should check your router’s configuration.
It might say, “Connecting from 192.168.1.1.”
“This is the IP that we’re using to connect,” he explains.
And if it does have IP addresses you don’st know, that means your device might be compromised, said O-Connor. “
What you want is to make sure that your device doesn’t have any IP addresses that you don’t know.”
And if it does have IP addresses you don’st know, that means your device might be compromised, said O-Connor.
He warned that VPNs are vulnerable to malicious software.
“We know that malware can do what it does in the Internet,” he advised. So