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A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, is a service that routes your browsing activity through an encrypted tunnel to a remote server, effectively masking your movements online and keeping you off the radar of hackers and snoopers.
Originally, VPNs were popular in the workplace to establish secure connections for business purposes. Now, more people are relying on them to maintain a greater level of privacy and protection while they surf the web.
If there’s any question as to whether or not you should be using a VPN in 2020, let this set you straight to the right answer — in 2019, identity theft was one of the most often reported fraud complaints, according to Consumer Affairs.
Cybercriminals can infiltrate a data source physically or remotely bypass network security to expose passwords, banking and credit data, and more. By using a VPN, you can better protect yourself and your data when you surf online. And, while there are plenty of VPN providers out there, few can match what KeepSolid VPN Unlimited brings to the table, especially for its price of only $39 (normally $199.99) for a lifetime plan.
Banking, in particular, is especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Here are three reasons why a secure VPN from KeepSolid makes online banking more secure:
1. It helps mask your activity while making online transactions
Every time you make a transaction online, your data could be exposed to bad actors that wish to do you harm. Though, if you use a VPN, your activity will be encrypted and hidden from view. Some providers, like KeepSolid VPN Unlimited, don’t have speed or bandwidth limits, so you’ll still enjoy full browsing speeds, without the dangers of leaving your data exposed.
2. It offers extra protection while you use public Wi-Fi
Next time you’re enjoying the free WiFi that comes with your latte, remember that these types of internet connections are prime playgrounds for hackers to play. Stealing information is even easier if the network doesn’t require a password. If you’re accessing your bank account via public WiFi, then you definitely want to invest in using a VPN. More than 10 million customers globally trust KeepSolid VPN Unlimited for their online protection.
3. It helps protect you while using online banking apps
Banking apps are convenient, but they’re not invincible and can still be breached by skilled hackers. As such, you’d do well to connect to a VPN whether you’re using your banking app on your phone, tablet, laptop, or other device. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited covers five devices in this $39 plan – enough for all of your devices. And with easy-to-configure VPN connections, you can rest assured that your banking data is safe no matter which device you use.
Whether you’re using a private internet connection or public Wi-Fi, online privacy and security can be achieved with a KeepSolid VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription.
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Nintendo Treehouse Live Airs Friday With Reveal Of New WayForward Game – Nintendo Life
Nintendo has revealed that it will be broadcasting a Treehouse Live event on Friday 10th July (that’s today in the UK, but tomorrow if you’re in the United States) which will include gameplay footage of Paper Mario: The Origami King.
The event will also give us the first reveal of “a title in a franchise new to developer WayForward,” which is perhaps a more exciting prospect for many people than the Paper Mario footage. Before you get too excited, though, Nintendo has confirmed that the game is a third-party property, and not a Nintendo franchise.
Treehouse Live July 2020 kicks off at 10am PT.
Daily Crunch: Apple releases public beta of iOS 14 – TechCrunch
A beta version of Apple’s latest mobile operating system is available to the public, Coinbase may go public and researchers discover a frightening smartwatch vulnerability. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 9, 2020.
The big story: Apple releases public beta of iOS 14
Developers are no longer the only ones who can try out the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — beta versions of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are now available to the general public.
Romain Dillet has already been playing around with the new iOS, and he said the biggest change is a rethinking of the home screen, with widgets that can be stacked and flipped, along with an App Library that groups all the apps on your phone by category.
The tech giants
WhatsApp Business, now with 50M MAUs, adds QR codes and catalog sharing — The Facebook-owned messaging app is introducing new tools for businesses to connect digitally with their customers.
Apple says it’s ‘committed’ to supporting Thunderbolt on new Macs after Intel details latest version — “We remain committed to the future of Thunderbolt and will support it in Macs with Apple silicon,” Apple said.
Amazon’s Alexa heads Toni Reid and Rohit Prasad are coming to Disrupt — Two of the main executives behind Amazon’s leading smart assistant are coming to Disrupt 2020, which will run (virtually) from September 14 to 18.
Startups, funding and venture capital
Coinbase reported to consider late 2020, early 2021 public debut — The cryptocurrency exchange platform may be considering a direct listing instead of a traditional IPO, according to Reuters.
Kernel raises $53 million for its non-invasive ‘Neuroscience as a Service’ technology — The startup says it has created non-invasive technology for recording brain activity.
TikTok likes and views are broken as community worries over potential US ban — As of this afternoon, the company said a fix was in progress.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
VCs are cutting checks remotely, but deal volume could be slowing — In a new survey from OMERS Ventures, 69% of VCs said they were willing to make a fully remote investment, but most of them haven’t actually done so.
As the pandemic drags on, interest in automation surges — Brian Heater looks at some of the ways COVID-19 may permanently alter the job market.
K Fund’s Jaime Novoa discusses early-stage firm’s focus on Spanish startups — The firm officially unveiled its €70 million second fund earlier this month.
(Reminder: Extra Crunch is our subscription membership program, which aims to democratize information about startups. You can sign up here.)
Smartwatch hack could trick patients to ‘take pills’ with spoofed alerts — The vulnerabilities were found in SETracker, a cloud system that powers smartwatches and vehicles.
Coronavirus impact sends app downloads, usage and consumer spending to record highs in Q2 — Mobile app usage grew 40% year-over-year, according to App Annie.
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Sony offers first look at the design of PlayStation 5 game cases – MobileSyrup
Sony has revealed a first look at what PlayStation 5 game cases will look like.
In a short post to the PlayStation Blog, the company published box art for PS5 game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Insomniac’s standalone follow-up to 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. This image also shows you what to expect from PS5 game cases in general when the console launches this holiday.
Ostensibly, the only major change between PS4 and PS5 cases is the white banner at the top that says ‘PS5.’ On PS4, this strip was coloured blue. PS5 cases also won’t say ‘Only on PlayStation’ to signify exclusivity. Instead, Sony will use its new “PlayStation Studios” branding to make this distinction.
That said, the borders of the PS5 game case are still blue, just like they are with the PS4’s. All told, the differences between the PS4 and PS5 cases aren’t very significant.
Beyond the brief glimpse at the Miles Morales game case, Sony’s blog post didn’t offer any other new PS5 details. That’s not entirely surprising, though, given that Sony did provide a major PS5 blowout last month. This event featured the unveiling of the console itself, as well as a variety of first- and third-party titles. Pricing and a release date have not yet been confirmed, however.
For now, what do you think of the cover art for Miles Morales and the PS5 game case design in general? Let us know in the comments.
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