Safety At the Wi

WifiSOSNo, this isn’t about pool safety at the YMCA, this is about making sure you have a secure connection on an insecure connection, namely every time you connect to the Internet at a public wi-fi spot.

Wifi is a public network and any data transfer passing through can be intercepted, monitored or recorded by any number of interested parties with the right software and know how.  That means if you try to access your bank online or make a purchase or login to a web application while on a public wifi network your banking details, credit card numbers, passwords, and other sensitive data can be stolen.   So what can you do to protect yourself?

By now you may have heard the term VPN. What is it exactly?  Its an acronym that stands for Virtual Private Network, a secure , encrypted “tunnel”, if you will, through which all your online data can pass safely.  It works for any application that requires an Internet connection: be it a web browser, email client, or an IM client (chat).

Searching Google  will turn up a number of free VPN’s you can use, one  such is proXPN*, but take note, they don’t all provide the same level of protection.  If you want to be sure that you are getting as much protection as you can get, you might want to think about making the monthly investment.

* Switched-On-Sites does not necessarily endorse this service.  

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