This week we’re talking to Lawrence Traynor, Director of Communications at IPVanish VPN.
— What’s your workspace like?
Our office maintains a creative and easygoing atmosphere. We have an open door policy so it’s common to pop into someone’s office and have an impromptu meeting, and this is the case within all departments: operations, software development, support, finance, marketing, etc. We all work together as a team, making it easy to keep the ball rolling and to focus on building a bigger and better VPN service for our customers.
— What does a typical workday look for you?
Very busy, but I enjoy every minute of it. I’m either at my desk corresponding on the phone or via email or meeting with colleagues to stay on top of ongoing projects like network expansion opportunities and developing new IPVanish features.
- Name: Lawrence Traynor
- Current job: Director of Communications IPVanish
- Location: Undisclosed
- Background: 15 years of PR/Communications experience for internet and other technology companies
- Current computer: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
- Current mobile devices: Android
- One word that best describes how you work: Diligent
— What security apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
I travel a lot, so using a VPN is critical when accessing the company network. I also use the IPVanish Android app every day on my cell phone for security purposes and while abroad, I use IPV on my iPad to access programs like Hulu and Netflix I otherwise couldn’t without a US IP. It’s nice to be able to catch up on TV shows after a day’s work, just like I would at home.
— What’s the best security advice you’ve ever received?
Always use protection.
— Why do we need online privacy, anyway?
We believe, very strongly, that everyone has the right to online privacy. There’s clearly been a growing threat to online privacy and it’s our job to help people protect those rights. We put the user in control of their IP address, this gives them the freedom and security they need when using the web.
— Would you say that 100% anonymity is possible in today’s day and age while staying within the boundaries of legal regulations/laws?
In today’s day and age – IPVanish is as good as it gets. There’s not a better solution out there than IPVanish to protect online privacy, combating cyber criminals and snoops.
— What’s your opinion on the balance between respecting customer privacy and legal risk management?
The customer always comes first. Our company has done extensive legal research into global VPN use and we’re well prepared for protecting our customers’ privacy.
— Did your company participate in NSA’s PRISM program?
Absolutely not. State-sponsored spying programs, and any spying programs for that matter, are the direct opposite of what we stand for.
— How has Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA’s PRISM program changed your view on online security?
With surveillance technologies emerging as fast as they have in the last 30 years, it wasn’t hard to imagine infringements on people’s right to privacy. Snowden just confirmed it.
With these threats to our basic rights, online security is more important than it’s ever been. Unless you’re taking measures like using IPVanish to protect your right to online privacy, it’s inevitably going to get abused, either by cyber criminals looking to steal your identity and/or by programs like the NSA’s PRISM.
— What’s the future of online security?
It’s hard to say, I suspect it’ll be more of the same (NSA, etc.), but I do know that VPN is cutting edge of protecting our right to online privacy.
— Where do you see your company in five years?
In less than a year we’ve more than doubled our global VPN presence and have achieved recognition as the fastest VPN provider in the world. We’re reinvesting every dollar back into our service to continue on this path. We will be entering new markets and offering more features. In 5 years, I think IPVanish VPN could be a household name, we have high aspirations and a team able to accomplish them. Our custom IPVanish software could come packaged with new computers. We already partner with a few flash router companies.
— What’s the biggest misconception people have about your company?
I think that the biggest misconception is that people think we’re a young company. This couldn’t be further from the truth. IPVanish has a 15-year background in network management, IP, and content delivery services. When we launched IPVanish VPN, we immediately were testing as the fastest and most reliable VPN provider globally. In some cases, our VPN throughput speeds were extremely faster than industry players who have been in the space for many years.
— What would you like us to ask you about now?
I’d actually like to answer your question with a question and ask what you think we could do better. IPVanish VPN is always open to suggestions and is constantly looking for new ways to improve the services we provide. So your feedback is appreciated.
— Who would you suggest we interview for this series?
Kevin David Mitnick. He was the most-wanted computer criminal in the US, and after his arrest became an American computer security consultant. He currently runs a security firm named Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC. I’m sure he has some great insights.