While looking for something else the other day, I came
across a free VPN software for protecting laptops at free wi-fi spots. It's available at www.anchorfree.com and the product is called HotSpot Shield. I mention this because of the free wi-fi hotspot files available on the oi-factory site. I did clear this post with Miss POI prior to posting.
There is a limit on monthly usage. I was assured by AnchorFree that it is a secure connection through their servers. Anyone interested in what they sent me can email me through my profile and I'll send you what their Tech Support group emailed to me. Of course, I make no guarantees on their product. Use at your own risk.
..through their servers? Safer then no VPN , but do you really want all your information going through a single third party you know nothing about except from their web page. What a great phishing scam. I'm not saying their software is a scam, but I can't think of better way to steal information.
The only secure computer is one never connected to a network.
I understand your concerns, but it's probably better than leaving yourself wide open at Starbucks or wherever. It's my understanding that people will set themselves up in these places where it looks like you're connecting through the wireless router, when in fact, you're connected through another person's machine and they're stealing your information and logins.
This software would allow you to circumvent that. Certainly, it should be safe enough to check email. I don't think that I would do any banking or stock trades or anything like that through Hot Shield.
Texas has new Rest Stops with wi-fi where I like to check the weather when I'm on the road in the winter and spring. I never feel comfortable even doing that though, because you don't know what you're hooking up through.
JiWire is another VPN that runs on Windows XP only. It has a trial version, $24.95/year for unlimited use after the trial period. This also protects your email traffic.
I've used it going on two years, wouldn't connect to an unknown wireless network without it. I have found their servers down only one time ... darn good for two years ... wish my ISP had a record like that.
If one is concerned about 3rd party servers, one better be a lot more concerned about connecting to unprotected wireless network (or even WEP protected networks). With all of these 'vultures' hanging on these wireless networks, you can lose all of your personal data in a blink of an eye.
Disclaimer: As williea said, use at your own risk (as with anything these days).
It's my understanding that people will set themselves up in these places where it looks like you're connecting through the wireless router, when in fact, you're connected through another person's machine and they're stealing your information and logins.
You just have to pay attention before connecting. WinXP clearly shows the difference between an actual wifi WAP and an individual computer when you are searching for a wifi connection. Perhaps it's not so hard to spoof what they look like, but in all the instances where I have seen this, it was obvious in the wizard search window that I was looking at an individual computer, not a network WAP.
Hello to everyone, did you test or use it?
I have access to free hot spot controlled with the wifi software http://antamediahotspot.com/ and i`m not sure how much safer is if i use this type of application for accessing to office network.
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