I travel about 2 or 3 times a month and use public airport wireless networks from time to time. About 10 days a month I’m using a “public” wireless network, locally, at Starbucks, Regus or some other place. I also have my trusty Verizon Wireless MiFi mobile hotspot as well – which works wonderfully.
For those times when we’re using a public wireless network our data is exposed to anyone who wants to sniff it out of the air with the right technology. Of course some web sites you visit encrypt the data between your browser and their server, but most web sites, such as Gmail, Facebook and many others do not. This means that most of the time you are operating insecurely.
Installing a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to securely communicate between your network and your computer is one solution to ensure your corporate communication is secure. However, many of us are not communicating with a corporate server, we’re communicating with many other online services.
Private WiFi has a service that gives you your own “VPN” for $9 a month or $90 a year. By communicating through Private WiFi’s software your data is encrypted right from your web browser.
Private WiFi works just like the anti-virus or firewall software you probably already have. Every time you connect to the Internet, Private WiFi automatically activates itself. A taskbar icon at the bottom of your computer’s screen shows you that it’s working.
Whether you use Private WiFi or some other security solution ensure that your public network communications are secure. You never know if that nice lady, with the nice heels and purse is a hacker. The guy reading the Wall Street Journal and licking ketchup off his fingers could be reading your online communications and you’d never know it.