For several years now, I've been advocating that people being extremely careful when surfing the web or doing any other type of Internet usage from open Wifi hotspots. There are lots of ways for hackers and other less than scrupulous types to monitor your activities and grab your user name and passwords.
You could easily wander into a coffee shop, check your email, and suddenly have your email account commandeered by someone sitting right there on the other side of the room. Even worse… what if it was your bank account?
I've even gotten to the point that I purchased a portable hotspot through Sprint that I use whenever I travel. Often I will be in places that have 3 or more free and open Wifi connections, but I will get out my own personal hotspot before making a connection. The only connection I've trusted for years in the encrypted one that I know my hotspot provides.
However, now I've decided to to begin working with a program called Hotspot Shield from AnchorFree. This program provides an encrypted Wifi signal that runs through their routers and provides the user with a safe and secure connection even over unencrypted open Wifi.
I currently have it installed on my iPad 3 and my MacBook Pro. I'll make another post about it after I've had some time to work with it, but so far so good. It definitely makes using the devcies easier when I'm on the go.
Ventruebeat has a great article on it for those interested in learning more. Read it here.