However big the data package for your mobile phone, we all like to take advantage of the convenience of local wireless hotspots at the coffee shop and elsewhere.
However, are you sure of the quality of the wireless network? How secure is it? Is it even a proper network and not a fake one hosted one by a hacker?
So what can you find out if you use a fake hotspot under the control of a hacker?
Well if you do not use all SSL connections, then all the websites you visit, all the forms data, usernames and passwords you used, will have been easily read. Even if we use an SSL connection, then a good hacker could still be able to get data from you.
If you are using VPN software, then all your data will be encrypted from your device to the VPN server. Whether you go to a normal hotspot or a fake one, nobody will be able to read the information you are looking at, or typing, passwords, usernames, anything at all.
If you chose VPN software that works on your laptop and tablet too, then you can encrypt your connection from these devices too when you are out.
Remember that Emails are sent by clear text and without an encrypted connection, they can be seen. Using a VPN will keep all your email traffic safe.
I set up an account with https://www.ipvanish.com/. This allows me to protect my laptop, Ipad, and phone from one account whenever I am away from my own network.
There are other reasons you may want to use a VPN connection, but this feature makes the most sense. Here is the content as described on the ipvanish website.
MAKE ANY INTERNET CONNECTION SECURE.
Putting personal information at risk is the price you pay when using free Wi-Fi. Keep your data under lock and key with our encryption, and we’ll keep hackers, ISPs, and tech-savvy teens out of your connection.
Every facet of our service, including app development and customer support, is managed internally. By removing the middleman, IPVanish is best-equipped to ensure that your information remains protected.