It seems that wireless WiFi is the next big thing. In some cities – Minneapolis, Minnesota – it kinda works ( http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122840941903779747.html ). “This was about a business model that simply didn’t work,” said Rolla Huff, chief executive of EarthLink Inc.
However, your loclal businesses ( McDonalds, your local coffee shop ) almost always supply free Wi-Fi access. It is a cost of doing business and if they don’t do it then they lose customers to the shop down the street.
For most people using these free networks works well. They don’t use banking facilities nor enter their credit card at these sites – and feel that they are safe by avoiding these passwords and Visa, Mastercard info.
Wellllll … lets step back a bit. There are free and widely available wireless sniffers which can watch and capture all of the data you enter and the sites you visit. Bring up facebook ? hotmail ? any site with a password and they can get it. Since you likely use that password for other accounts …
We advocate using a simple and free application called Hotspot Shield . There is a paid version – the free version comes with ads. It places a little red button on all of your browsers. When browsing over ANY ( even at your home Wi-Fi ) you can turn it on / off with a simple click. I can install this and other free software via Remote Support . The following is from the Hotspot Shield site:
Key Benefits to using Hotspot Shield
- Secure your web session, data, online shopping, and personal information online with HTTPS encryption.
- Protect yourself from identity theft online.
- Secure your IP address for your privacy online and private browsing.
- Access all content privately without censorship; bypass firewalls.
- Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports and corporate offices.
- VPN client works on both wireless and wired connections. Provides Unlimited Bandwidth.
- Works on PC and Mac, including new operating systems (Windows 8 and Mountain Lion)
Hotspot Shield protects your entire web surfing session, securing your connection at both your home Internet network & Public Internet networks (both wired and wireless). Hotspot Shield free proxy protects your identity by ensuring that all web transactions (shopping, filling out forms, downloads) are secured through HTTPS. Hotspot Shield also makes you private online, making your identity invisible to third party websites and ISP‘s. Unless you choose to sign into a certain site, you will surf anonymously during your entire web session with Hotspot Shield. We love the web because of the freedom that it creates to explore, organize, and communicate. Hotspot Shield VPN Client enables access to all information online, providing freedom to access all web content freely and securely. Secure your entire web session and ensure your privacy online; your passwords, credit card numbers, and all of your data is secured with Hotspot Shield. The standard antivirus software protects your computer, but not your web activities. That‘s why AnchorFree is pleased to offer Hotspot Shield. Our application keeps your Internet connection secure, private, and anonymous.
100% Security Through a VPN
Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers, ISP‘s, from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network. Hotspot Shield security application is free to download, employs the latest VPN technology, offers best Wi-Fi security and is easy to install and use.