Virtual(ly) Private Network: NordVPN’s Breach and the Limitations of VPNs

    Date12 Nov 2019
    CategoryPrivacy
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
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    The popular VPN provider, NordVPN, recently announced a server breach at a third-party data center. This breach has led many users to question what the best strategy is for protecting their privacy and security online. Learn about VPNs and how VPN services can better protect their users in a great EFF article:

    The popular VPN provider, NordVPN, recently announced a server breach at a third-party data center. NordVPN reassured users that its key services were not impacted by this breach in particular, however, NordVPN users credentials were used with credential stuffing attacks. NordVPN stresses that there is no indication the breach and the credential stuffing attacks are related. Concerned users can check to see if their credentials were leaked from previous breaches at haveibeenpwned.com.

    News of the breach has inspired questions around which tool is best for safety and security online. With commercial VPNs now saturating the market and many people being more concerned with their privacy, it’s important for users to know how VPNs work, and what their limitations are. VPNs can be useful in a user’s safety toolset, but there are some fundamental capabilities that are critical to understand: what VPNs do, what VPNs don’t do, and how a VPN service can better protect their users.

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