Monday, January 20, 2014

Protect Yourself on Open Wifi with Hotspot Shield

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In case you didn't know it, whenever you connect over an open Wifi signal, you are at risk.
I'm not going to go into great details on how to do this because there are enough people doing it already, but suffice it to say it's pretty easy to do.
Basically the problem comes from someone running some software on a device connected to an open Wi-Fi network. All that person has to do is run the software and then wait. As other users connect to the network and send information over it that is unencrypted (since it is an open and unencrypted Wi-Fi network) and the bad guy has access to everything you do.
By everything you do, I mean everything you do online. Websites you visit, videos you watch, images you download, and more… Much more.
That much more includes usernames and passwords for every website that requests them as well as programs that send them automatically like e-mail. That's right, the guy sitting on the other side of the coffee shop could very well be grabbing every piece of digital information that you sent over the network. That's really bad news.
However, the good news is that there is a way to prevent this. Using a program called Hotspot  Shield on your wireless device you can prevent the scenario I discussed above.
For more information and for free download go to the company website. I've been using Hotspot Shield for over a year now and have been very happy with its performance. 
The app even has the ability to send a "heads up" to folks you might want to let know about the program.  I quick tap will send the following email to your friends, if you authorize it:
Every time you’re on WiFi networks, your personal info and passwords can be seen and stolen by hackers.

I use Hotspot Shield to protect my personal info online on any WiFi I'm on. I think you should try it too - get Hotspot Shield at

Stay safe!

Sent from my iPhone

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