Posted 27 December 2014 - 11:23 AM
Posted 27 December 2014 - 12:27 PM
Hi GeekGirl40 and welcome to Geeks to Go!
A VPN service is really meant to encrypt your data as it passes through the Internet. Some VPN services will block "known" Malware and Phishing websites, but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
VPN services are most useful for those who travel or just want to protect their web traffic from being intercepted. For example, I do not recommend to purchasing products online while sitting in the airport. A VPN service will encrypt all web traffic between the laptop and the websites visited. Anyone snooping will be left with garbled text which they may or may not be able to decrypt depending on the cipher strength (Your VPN service will have more details about their recommended configuration, etc). It's much safer than sending data in plain-text though!
Malware protection from VPN services is not all it's cracked up to be. They generally only protect you by preventing access to "known" Malware and Phishing websites. This is a nice safety measure, but keep in mind that there are websites discovered every day; the website you find in a search engine may not have been evaluated by the VPN service yet. Unfortunately, the VPN's malware protection does nothing for attachments sent in e-mails - a common medium for spreading Malware. Your best defense against Malware is a software-based solution.
VPN services are fantastic for those looking to increase their privacy online, but I do not feel that it is a solid solution to combat Malware.
I hope this helps you!
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