As I understand it, a VPN provides encryption of internet traffic between my computer and the VPN server, protecting me from a third party "evesdropping" on my internet activity in a place like, say, Starbucks or any other public wi-fi spot. It also protects against having my IP address read by others so my internet activity can't be tracked. These seem like good things.
I recently purchased a license to run VPN software from a company called Private Internet Access. (It was recommended by Bleeping Computer Deals). My computer is set up with three accounts: an Administrator account, and two User accounts that my wife and I use for our everyday computer usage. I never use the Administrator account unless necessary, because I've read on these forums that the Administrator account's higher level of privileges make it much easier for malware to gain access to the computer.
Private Internet Access states that their software will ONLY run reliably on an Administrator account. So the way I see it, in order to use this VPN software, I have to run it on an account that is highly vulnerable to attack, when compared to a User account. Since the VPN server only passes data through itself to my computer, I don't see how the VPN software can keep malware from gaining access to my computer. If this is true, I think it's time for me to call Private Internet Access and ask for my money back.
Do any of you have opinions on this? Does anyone know of VPN software that WILL run on a computer's User accounts?
Thanx in advance.