Always Use A VPN On Public Networks

purseWhat is a VPN?

VPN stands for virtual private network. In short it creates a network that protects against snoopers and nefarious types. There are subtleties and some holes. If you have a determined Chinese government hacker wanting to get your stuff then they are going to get it. But that’s not where the threat is, it’s equivalent to a purse-snatcher on the street or the guy going through the parking lot checking for unlocked cars.

Public Networks

I avoid public networks in coffee shops preferring to use tethering off my mobile phone. But that doesn’t mean you should not use them, you just need to use a VPN. So how do you get one and how do you use it? To get access to a VPN you either have to setup your own server that runs the server-side VPN application use a service provider some that you pay for while others are usually ad-supported. For a list of Lifehacker recommended services look here. To get more technical information Gizmodo has a good recent post. But it’s my opinion that you don’t need to know all the tech details but you do need a reliable one that you can use. So select one from the Lifehacker list based upon how often you use a public network and what you use and you’ll be safer.

dbreachRemember your computer has access to all your personal and business data. If you think having someone get all your personal information was bad imagine if all your customer’s information was taken.




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