WiFi Security in a Public Location

Whether you’re on vacation in the hotel’s lobby, sitting in a coffee shop or having breakfast with a colleague in a local diner, free public WiFi is available everywhere.  What we should remember though is that these Public WiFi networks are UN-ENCRYPTED – meaning that you are potentially sending out into the air your passwords (if you are checking your email, for example) and lots of personal information.  These public WiFi hotspots are great places for criminals to hang out with their laptops and suck up all of this precious data because they can easily connect to the same network you are on.  So what do we do to protect ourselves while we take advantage of these WiFi networks to get some work done, check email, etc.  I use a service called HotSpot Shield.  Install their FREE downloaded app on your laptop and when you connect to a public, un-encrypted network, you turn on HotSpot Shield and it creates a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to protect your Internet session.  In return for their free version, they throw a couple Ads into your surfing session , but it’s a fair trade-off I’m happy to make to give me peace of mind when I’m using an un-secure Internet connection (they also have a paid, premium service available that I’d recommend if you use it often that removes the Ads and adds more privacy features).  The HotSpot Shield VPN secures your web session, protects your IP address, helps you surf anonymously and will even allow you to access websites and services if they are being blocked on some networks.  Find out more info and download this software on your laptop today at:  www.hotspotshield.com.

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