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How to use Public Wi-Fi without Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime?

Eeverywhere you look there is someone with a laptop browsing the internet on a public WiFi connection. But, do you think the people browsing the internet via a public WiFi are all protected equally? The truth is, even people who use free Wi-Fi connection requiring a password do not have enough level of protection without a reliable VPN service.

How to use Public Wi-Fi without Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime?
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What is VPN and why do I need it?

VPN or Virtual Private Network is one of the simplest and the most popular way of Internet protection. Basic VPN encrypts data from your computer and helps it pass through the Internet untouched by any hacker or Internet monitoring agency. Using a VPN, users will be able to do the following:

  1. easily access websites or networks in different countries that are banned from outsiders;
  2. secure data without compromising internet speed;
  3. the ability to protect the data for all devices on your network that require internet access;
  4. the ability to retain your country's IP address, so you can still access websites or networks that are usually banned outside of your country when you travel.

How to choose the VPN for everyday purposes?

If you spend at least 5 hours a month in places with public Wi-Fi, such as cafeterias, restaurants, clubs, etc., it is better to use a VPN. Some people use free providers but there is no guarantee that, those providers do not collect data for the purpose of selling it to marketing agencies, or those providers are not cybercriminals, whose intentions are to trick their users into visiting malicious websites. That is why it is much better to use moderately-priced, trustworthy and popular VPN services.

Although the price is an essential factor to consider, you shouldn’t forget about such characteristics as platform suitability, the quality of support, and capabilities of client accounts. With a trustworthy VPN, you can use public Wi-Fi without any fear of your traffic being used by anyone.

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  • February 20, 2017 at 3:26 PM by an anonymous user from: Hereford, England, United Kingdom

    For those businesses who are very security conscious and have a lot to lose in terms of data leakage with the associated investigations and potential fines (which in the EU go up considerable next year) – don't connect the end user device direct to a public Wi-FI connection in the first place.

    If you must use public Wi-FI (i.e. overseas travel where mobile roaming costs are potentially high), then ensure your business implements an always-on VPN that fails closed (i.e. if no VPN is possible, no data leaves the device) together with a robust set of host based firewall policies – in other words, the only traffic out on internet connected connections should be the VPN traffic itself and potentially DNS to resolve the gateway address unless you're using hardcoded IP addresses/host file entries.

    To use public Wi-FI connections with landing pages (captive portals) use a small, low cost mini-router device with a cheap phone (both very portable) – connect the router to the public Wi-Fi, deal with the landing page via the cheap phone and then connect your corporate device through the mini-router.

    Additional Nat'ing, SPI firewall and the much more robust security posture of the corporate device with the always-on VPN will ensure that your data is safe.

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How to use Public Wi-Fi without Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime?