I’ve been online for years and the only protection I use is caution and a good anti-virus program (over the years I’ve used McAfee, Symantec and AVG). However, I do know the realities of an attack are HUGE and some of you have in fact been attacked by malware, virus or other un-authorized intrusion.
One thing you can do to keep yourself secure, especially when computing via WiFi is to use a personal VPN service. These services use software to encrypt your entire connection between your computer and the VPN service. The VPN service then securely transmits your data online – you’re basically invisible.
Private WiFi costs $10 a month or $85 a year. There are many other services like this, which one do you use?
According to their web site, here’s why you might want to use a personal VPN service:
Most people don’t realize that wifi signals are just radio waves. Anyone within range can “listen in” to what you’re sending as easily as tuning to
the right station. All it takes is a laptop and simple, readily available software and a hacker can easily view:
- Your bank account
- Your credit card numbers
- Your private emails and IMs
- Your Facebook content
They can all be stolen out of the thin air at any public WiFi hotspot. And firewalls or antivirus software can’t stop it.
Vitaly Stockman who I corresponded with on Google Plus told me:
Sometimes I use a personal VPN when working on “questionable” free public WiFi networks, especially when working with confidential data, to make connection more secure. It usually slows down the speed so I try to avoid it when possible. Talking about corporate VPNs, most common biggest inconvenience is that you typically loose connection to the rest of the internet while connected to the corporate network, which effectively “kills” a lot of your web based tools that you would otherwise want to use simultaneously