VPNs have been standard technology for quite some time, but now it appears that the next evolution of digital privacy and security is here thanks to Blockchain technology.
The main function of a VPN is to encrypt and secure your data connections from prying eyes, which includes bypassing firewall restrictions and sometimes accessing content that is geographically blocked. The cost for a quality VPN is usually around $3-$5 per month depending on the length of your license. These VPNs do an excellent job of securing data from your device to the network and avoid those pesky hackers who get in between you and your WiFi or cell tower connection, but the risk of exposure does exist.
Existing and New Threats to your Security and Privacy
Most people are aware of threats when using public WiFi which is the main use of VPN’s, however, there is a growing threat to your cellular connections as well and not just for your data usage. The cell tower spoofing technology used to cost $50,000 and the purchase and use are restricted primarily to law enforcement, but do-it-yourselfers are now able to build cell tower spoofers for under $1,000 and they are undetectable. This threatens your data, but also your SMS messages, voice calls and more.
(My next article will details the growing cellular threat and how to protect yourself)
While a traditional VPN usually does the job for your data communications, a quality VPN is still reliant upon a centrally hosted network that is run by a centrally managed group of human beings that is compliant to centrally organized governments. This means that the data collected by your VPN still has the risk of exposure by hackers who get inside the VPNs network infrastructure, employees of the VPN or by the use of Subpoena from a government or law enforcement.
Orchid is the Next Evolution
The Orchid network is built on blockchain technology which is peer-to-peer, decentralized and open-source. Without getting too technical, the Orchid infrastructure is made of nodes managed by individuals or groups who wish to participate in their VPN infrastructure. At a very high level, the infrastructure is made of a global pool of bandwidth providers to encrypt and carry your data transmissions globally with the following, but not limited to, benefits;
- Operates on the decentralized Ethereum blockchain
- Open Source allows the community to participate and advance the technology
- User has the choice of which nodes to connect to
- Each node is run separately, no central data logging
- Allows for multi-node connections for even more security and privacy
- No middle-man, payments directly to network providers for savings
The decentralization of data communications is the next evolution in security and privacy.
In my next article, I will provide more details on the growing cellular threat as well as detail a new startup with what I believe will be the most advanced mobile security and privacy solution that exists.
Author: Mark Kreitzman
(this article is not sponsored, received no compensation, no affiliation with Orchid)