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May 13, 2020 - Business News > Communications & Marketing
Why VPN is a must for expats?

Education is another big reason for expatriation. Students from poorer countries, or those seeking a specialized education, often expatriate to attend school. The need for skilled and specialized workers is so great that many companies promote and support educational opportunities on an international basis.

Lifestyle is another big reason for expatriation. For some, the charm of living in an exotic place is irresistible; it is the opportunity to start a new life with new friends and a new future. For others, a visit to a foreign country while young is enough to plant a lifelong dream for retirement. The climate can also be a motivating factor in choosing to live abroad. Those who reside in colder climates may choose to live in a warm or tropical place, while others may choose to move where there is enough snow or glaciers for year-round skiing.

Taxes are a major reason why many people choose to expatriate. Some countries have onerous tax laws, for example France, which have forced a mass exodus of the more affluent citizenry. For the rich, in today's globalized world, what does it matter if they live in one place or another if they can save 10%, 20% or more on their taxes? Retirees are especially sensitive to taxes, they often lived on fixed or limited income means that can be maximized in a lower cost living environment.

Persecution, political or religious, is another reason why many of today's expatriates have chosen to live abroad. While at first glance it may seem like this would qualify a person as a refugee, there is a difference. A refugee usually has no choice but to leave, and the term generally applies to people fleeing poorer nations to a stronger, richer nation.

Crime has become more than a reason to leave the country in recent years. Crime is on the rise in some of the largest and most populated areas of the world. If this is your reason for wanting to expatriate, we suggest that you do an extensive homework assignment before choosing a new country of residence. Fortunately, the Internet has made that even easier than ever before.

Digital Security for Expatriates

Digitization, computers, and the Internet have helped to increase expatriation in the same way as at the beginning of the advance of industrialization, transport, and globalization. What many do not realize is that there are many risks when using the internet and they increase exponentially when using the internet from a remote location, a third world country or if you try to go unnoticed. Here is a list of some of the things you may be at risk for.

Unsecured connections. If you come from a well established 1st world country, you're probably used to a relative amount of security when using the VeePN. There is a degree of trust between you, the ISP and the government that allows society to function. Even so, these connections are not as secure as they could be, exposed as they are to anyone who wants to monitor them and, when considering a move to a foreign location, the risks of being monitored, loss of personal information, hacking and malware, increase. If the country you're in is known for censoring, monitoring or otherwise controlling the internet, you're basically asking them to look at whatever it is you're doing, wherever you connect.

Unreliable connections/infrastructure is another problem when considering moving abroad. The country you are moving to may be the most honest and reliable nation on the planet, but it may not have the infrastructure to ensure reliable and secure connections.

Leaks are a big problem, no matter where you live or what your status is. Leaks occur anytime your data or information is lost while being transmitted over the Internet. An example is when social networks like Facebook, Twitter or YouTube access your phone/laptop/tablet in order to "serve you better". What they don't say when they ask to see your contacts, profile and other data "that may be required" is that the information is often shared through the applications. Facebook is known for adding new applications to its platform and then sharing all the information they collect about you with them. Every time that happens, there's a new server, another database with your information, another opportunity to lose it. The number of unreported leaks grew by 85% from 2014 to 2015, and again by two digits in 2016.

Piracy is also a big problem when using the internet, especially if you are a retired or wealthy foreign businessman. Hackers can take advantage of known weaknesses in local networks to exploit individuals, divert them to cloned or fake websites, steal personal identification information, bank accounts, trade secrets, or deploy malware on your systems. Unsecured connections and weak infrastructure only make this problem worse. Symantec, in its Internet Security Report 2016, said that the number of zero-day attacks, those that have yet to be discovered or reported, grew by 125 percent in 2015 alone.

Geolocation is a serious concern for more than one reason. For an ordinary person, geolocation or geographic orientation means that you cannot freely view streaming content over the Internet. Many popular websites, such as the BBC, ABC and Netflix, are only available in their home country or have limited catalogues for those abroad. Some geolocation takes on a much more sinister meaning. It can allow hostile forces to track your connection and access your devices, or even identify your physical location.

IoT, the Internet of Things, is growing rapidly. It has been estimated that there will be over 50 billion devices connected by 2020 and that the average person will have at least 6 of them. IoT is great when it speeds up operations, helps control the climate in your home or tracks your workouts, but it's a bad thing when those devices are connected to manufacturers' websites, or any other, without your permission and through an unsecured and unreliable connection.

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