Tattoo Shop Technology | Why you need a VPN

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Kieran

You should always use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). But having a VPN on your device is particularly important for people spending time in tattoo parlours and anybody who travels.

So that’s pretty much every tattooist. And anybody spending time in a tattoo shop getting serious work done. But before we move into why you need a VPN on your device, let’s start with what a VPN is. And what a VPN does. 

What is a VPN (Virtual Private Network) and how does it work?

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, creates an encrypted tunnel between your device and the VPN server.

Normally, sitting between your device and the web are two things. The local network (wifi) and the ISP (Internet Service Provider).

On your network (tattoo shops wifi) anybody with basic to moderate computer skills can watch you and hack your data.

People with keyboard skills can steal your social media logins, banking logins and see what you’re searching for online.

For a tattooist who’s built up their business by working socials and posting an online portfolio, losing your social media passwords to some 15 year old keyboard warrior could spell disaster.

A kid with an iPhone can steal your socials and then start sending scams to all your clients and followers. And because it comes from your account, your clients and followers will think its you!

What happens to your business if your portfolio or shop accounts are stolen and all your customers sent scam messages? Are those followers and clients still going to love your art after they’ve been ripped off by someone using your account and pretending to be you?

Trust in you and your shop will go down like a lead balloon.

The other thing sitting between you and the net is your ISP or Internet Service Provider. It’s your internet company. You connect to the shops wifi and it’s connected to the ISP.

The ISP acts like a little snitch. It see’s everything you do on the net. Every site you visit, every word you type, all your emails, messages and socials. It watches and records everything. Everything you do on the net.

Your ISP is watching you now as you read this. And its recording your visit to this site.

In some countries the ISP is required to store that information and keep it for a set period. Usually a few years. But in almost all countries the ISP will voluntarily keep your information and hand it over to the government (and pretty much anybody else) when asked.

Let’s say somebody with a criminal history or who is under investigation spends some time in your shop. They’re getting work done and you’re just their tattooist. You’ll become a target and will be investigated!

The cops don’t care if you’re just their tattooist. They’ll get all your information and theirs. That ISP snitch will hand over all your emails, messages, socials and your search history.

The cops will get so much information about you from the ISP snitch, they’ll know what type coffee you like and what type of porn you watch.

And they’ll get all your other customers details. Any communications with you or the shop that travelled via the net gets handed over by the ISP snitch.

This information on your customers could include how much they paid and when. But it could also include more personal information because clients do get chatty with their tattooists.

Think about this for a second, you might not care if the cops are looking at your online history but would your customers care if all their information and interactions with you went to the government? Probably. 

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So, how does a VPN stop kids from hacking you on wifi or stop the ISP from spying on you and snitching your information to the government?

A VPN sets up an encrypted tunnel between your device and the VPN’s computers all over the world.

Anybody on your network or at the ISP will see nothing but scrambled garbage. Because they don’t have the key.

Your device with a VPN locks up your information and sticks it in a capsule. It then sends that capsule down a tunnel to the VPN server. Once there it’s partially decrypted by the VPN company with the first key.

When it reaches the site you’re accessing on the net, the second key is used and the information fully decrypted.

If you’re using a VPN like NordVPN with a verified ‘no logs’ policy then you’re guaranteed that they keep no records of what reached them. They can’t see what you’re doing because they don’t have both keys.

And they don’t keep a record of what they did decrypted using that first key. So the information can’t be accessed by others. Because NordVPN simply don’t have that information to hand over. As a matter of strict policy, they don’t record it. 

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NordVPN scrambles your location so the government, internet companies and marketers can’t see who or where you are!

Every device that connects to the internet has an address. It’s the internet equivalent of a tattoo shops postal address.

On the internet it’s called an IP address (Internet Protocol address). It’s a string of numbers on your device each time it connects to the web. And it’s unique to your device.

The IP address tells everyone on the internet who you are and where your are. And NordVPN gives you a new one.

NordVPN gives you a new IP address. That IP address is assigned to a different location of your choosing. Just select what country you want it to show you’re in.

It’s the internet equivalent of setting up a safe house online and using a fake ID. It hides who you really are and where you are.

It means you can set your location to any country you like and Google, Netflix and everybody else will think you’re in that country.

It’s great for watching movies or reading the news in different countries. Want to watch US Netflix from a different country? VPN’s make it possible.

This IP address that NordVPN gives you also plays havoc with those annoying spammy adds you see all over the internet.

Because those spammy display adds have trouble seeing where you are or which country. And they can’t put trackers on your device with ‘Threat Protect’.

NordVPN has a feature called ‘Threat Protect’. It stops you from accidentally going to dangerous websites set up to steal your information or give you viruses. And it blocks trackers and annoying popup adds.

Using NordVPN on the net is like setting up a safe house, using a fake ID and having a big ol pitbull in the front yard chasing off the door to door salesmen.

If you want to learn more about NordVPN and check if your current connection is secure, go to www.nordvpn.com and look at the banner on top of the screen. 

VPN explainer for tattooists
NordVPN - What does a VPN do?
NordVPN - What does a VPN do?