Can using a VPN while browsing websites prevent SSL stripping attacks?

Asked 2 years ago

Hello. My friend who works in cyber security has told me about what an SSL stripping attack is and how these types of attacks come with huge risks in terms of stolen credentials. Since I have heard that hackers intercept between an internet connection while a user is browsing the internet during the attack, I am assuming that using a VPN will help to prevent this from happening. Does anyone know if VPNs are effective for preventing SSL stripping attacks? TYIA.

Abeeha Qasmi

Sunday, December 18, 2022

SSL stripping attacks work by intercepting traffic between two websites, then stripping out all sensitive data before sending it on its way. If you share a network with the breacher, your device is vulnerable to the SSL stripping attack. VPN prevents that by removing the ISP (middleman), encrypting all your traffic, and changing your IP address. This means that if you use a VPN while browsing websites, your traffic will appear as if it has come from somewhere else entirely, making it impossible for hackers to see what you're doing online.

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