While we were in Europe in a couple of months ago, the first question we asked wherever we went was, “Do you have Wi-Fi?” It’s amazing how reliant we’ve become on staying connected. From sharing photos to checking emails and from using Google Translate to order a meal to pulling up maps to get to the next destination, it all requires internet. With cellular data being so unpredictable as we traveled around, we constantly sought out open public Wi-Fi connections whether at a restaurant or a hotel. Why, oh why, didn’t I know about F-Secure Freedome VPN then?!
Beware of Common Public Wi-Fi Dangers
What we didn’t realize was that fact that, every time we connected to such hotspots, we were putting our entire online security at risk. I am always careful about unchecking the “remember my password” box when on public Wi-Fi and making sure I log out of each session. But, in not using another layer of protection, I could have basically been hand-feeding hackers my passwords and access to anything authenticated with my Facebook account…which is like everything!
Check out how easy it could be to leak sensitive information when connected on public Wi-Fi. This video is a bit on the longer side but it is so, so eye-opening!
F-Secure Freedome VPN for Safe Surfing
I often connect to public Wi-Fi to get some work done while out and about and at the airport when traveling. I would like to do so without worry so I’ve installed F-Secure Freedome on my phone and laptop.
This app runs all of your internet usage through a secured private network (VPN), masking your information from hackers and sites phishing for information on you. So far, even at home (on our secure Wi-Fi) I’ve been surprised by just how many tracking attempts were blocked from mainstream sites. Ooh, those sneaky companies!
An added plus is that a different location can be set. Maybe Frans will have access now to Dutch sites and shows which are currently restricted to the Netherlands only.
I have been compensated for my participation in testing this program and my honest feedback. All opinions are my own.