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Re: Have you ever been hacked while using public WiFi?

January 4th, 2018, 2:57 pm

I'll use a VPN for public wifi. They are worth paying for and there are good multi-year deals that are cheap. The free ones provide very little free data (in the hundreds of megabytes) and can be slower.

Re: Have you ever been hacked while using public WiFi?

January 31st, 2018, 6:35 pm

I have tried three or four free apps with the ability to upgrade to their paid version but they are so slow. Or it could be user error of course. I don’t like going to unsecured WiFi to backup or upload pictures etc. Which one do you use and due you use it for all web surfing?
I’m in West Texas heading towards Roswell to catch my flight to the Mother Ship. :D

Re: Have you ever been hacked while using public WiFi?

February 17th, 2018, 1:24 pm

I use Nord VPN. I paid around $60 for 2 years and you can put it on up to 5 devices or something close to that. I have it on my desktop, laptop, and phone. I don't use it much but it's nice to have when I think I might need it.

Re: Have you ever been hacked while using public WiFi?

February 21st, 2018, 8:24 am

My girlfriend and I have been using AirVPN for the past year. On our iPhones (all the time), iPad (most of the time), and sometimes desktop. 99% of the time it seems as fast as not using it. Every once in a while it has gotten stuck and non-responsive - then I just drop that VPN connection and immediately re-connect, and it's good again.

I use it all the time, not just on public WiFi's, because I've heard that VerizonWireless (and other providers) track (or have tracked in the past) all the sites you visit, for inserting targeted ads and such, and I just like my privacy (they do this through your using their DNS server to resolve the URL of the site into an IP address). Of course, I'm relying on AirVPN's explicit privacy statement that they are not doing that, too! VerizonWireless' statement does allow them.

AirVPN is a bit more expensive, at currently $65/year for 5 simultaneous connections. They are also a bit more technical than some others (I am a computer consultant/programmer, so I like that). But they are very fast and responsive, and don't block any protocols (can even game using them, thought I don't game).

Bob
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