Those who have been following the recent launches in the world of laptop and desktop computers would have noticed the introduction of a Spectre x360 13 from HP. Of course, this might look like just about any other new product introduction to many, but HP did something special – they teamed up with a VPN company to boost user security profile on their unit.
Now, HP being the global brand it is, they would not just get into bed with the first VPN company that comes their way. That is why we would like to explore the Trusted Server technology which ExpressVPN brings on board – and we are sure this informed the partnership too.
Understanding ExpressVPN’s Trusted Server
VPNs are known to come with numerous servers located in different countries from all around the world. That is what makes them capable of offering one of the services they are well known for – changing the IP address of a user at will.
However, that is not all you should know about the servers.
You should know if they log your data too, as that could be counterproductive at the end of the day. Likewise, you have to inspect how secure those servers really are. Otherwise, you would just be making an elaborate attempt to still stay open to a hacker or other forms of data breaches.
How does the ExpressVPN TrustedServer compare, though?
Data Protection – With the ExpressVPN TrustedServer in play, none of your internet data or traffic gets written to the hard drive. This is the way normal servers would have behaved, and that puts you at risk of logging some sensitive info on that hard drive without even knowing.
ExpressVPN TrustedServer solves that by creating a virtual server for each user whenever they connect to the internet. As soon as they shut down and reboot their systems, all data written to the servers are wiped. That erases all traces of the data ever-existing and makes it impossible for the data leaks to occur.
Updated Protection – System admins will sometimes install servers and run updates on them, but not updates on the system itself. Sometimes, the reverse is the case.
Even though both server and system might have been compatible at the time of the first deployment, differences start to arise in their mode of operation if they are not updated concurrently and consistently. This is not an issue users have to worry about on the ExpressVPN TrustedServer which gives them the latest server updates whenever they reboot their computer systems
The impressive thing about this piece of technology is that it is exclusive to ExpressVPN alone. Thus, HP made the choice to go with the one commercial VPN provider who they believed to have the kind of uncommon security that will not be bypassed with ease.
HP’s Foray into Consumer Privacy
While many other manufacturers are looking for other edges in the market, HP found one that should have been addressed many years ago in user privacy and security. Besides the partnership with ExpressVPN, HP also went ahead to add some more impressive tweaks to their Spectre x360 13, all aimed at keeping their users safe.
Some of these are:
Microphone mute button – Since it is no longer news that microphone units on just about any device that has them can be hacked to listen in on the user, HP decided to give users the option to mute their mics when not in use.
Webcam Kill Switch – Perhaps an even scarier form of spying is the one propagated through the webcam unit. Even while not in active use, webcams can be remotely hacked and accessed to snoop on unsuspecting users.
HP introduced a physical webcam kill switch to that effect, helping to disconnect the webcam from the system components until you are ready to use it again.
Above that, the teaming up of HP and ExpressVPN sets the pace for other manufacturers to see just how important VPNs are becoming to the online protection of users.
From securing public Wi-Fi networks so users are not exposed to the many dangers that come with them to preventing data logging and monitoring activities, the possibilities are almost endless. Add to the fact that this is not just a ‘load-and-forget’ software from HP, but a company they actually worked with in the development of their flagship unit, and you know how dedicated they are to making their units a commercial Fort Knox.
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Source: ExpressVPN Blog