Why You Should Have a VPN While Out RVing


Back in the days of yore, RVing was a way of life, more so than a means of escape. To travel any great distance, you would hitch up your covered wagon, plant one on your wife and kids, and head over the prairie with a rifle and faithful dog at your side. Wolves or other wild animals would have a bad day if you saw them first, and after running out of ammunition, you would also have a bad day.

How times have changed. Today, RVing is a recreation, a way to get out into nature, a family activity, a way to make new friends, and a lifestyle. Until fairly recently, the idea of taking electronics with you while camping or traveling to remote regions was unheard of, except for the odd TV. What’s the point of leaving city life behind if you end up taking it with you instead of enjoying the great outdoors? At least, that’s what the older generation would tell us. Turns out they were only partially right.

Winds of Change

Thanks in part to the recession in 2008, which forced thousands of newly-jobless individuals to learn quickly how to start their own business, and in part to the advent of mobile technology over the last decade or two, RV enthusiasts now find being connected a much more integral part of their daily lifestyle. A growing number derive their income from working on the road, with nothing more than a phone or laptop and a good connection to put bread on the table.

While there are enough challenges to finding a decent Wi-Fi signal while traveling, keeping your devices and your data private is important on a public network. If you frequent coffee shops, libraries, or other public buildings, your data is more or less open for digital theft. Similarly, if you are operating on your own private network in a campsite or on the move, it’s wise to keep yourself protected.

Burglar Proofing

Ward off hackers and evildoers with a VPN. That stands for Virtual Private Network, and when activated, it casts confusion and blindness in the face of those who try to reach out and take. Most such programs and apps have an on/off switch so you can enable it as needed. This technology enables you to connect to any network anonymously and scrambles the signal so your activity cannot be tracked or cracked.

Some of the better VPN services include F-Secure Freedome, ExpressVPN, and Private Internet Access. Most will offer monthly or yearly subscriptions, and let you choose which country’s server you’d like to connect through. Our personal favorite is Tasmania. The Opera internet browser actually includes a basic built-in VPN function, as well as a standalone free VPN mobile app, so that may be an option for some.

Don’t Cheapskate

Just remember, you often get what you pay for, so a free VPN might be doing you more harm than good—like allowing its parent company full access to your data while supposedly shielding it from others, or failing to completely protect your connection at all. Ask yourself, how does a “free VPN” make its money? The answer might have something to do with acquiring and selling off your private info. Research VPN options, do your homework, and go with a reputable company that has a solid track record, even if it costs a bit more. Try putting a price on the alternative, and you’ll quickly find that you can’t.

So blaze the wild frontiers of the online and the interwebs and the digital nomad life. Be safe, though, and put up a solid barricade between your valuable data and the miscreants looking to misbehave. Get a good VPN service and surf in safety.