Public WiFi Dangers
There are several things to worry about when you connect to a public WiFi connection.
HTML Code Injection
Have you ever been to a hotel and suddenly seen an ad or information about the hotel appear in your browser? If you have, you experienced the WiFi network injecting code into your browser atop the content of the site you were visiting. Code injection over public WiFi networks is a very real thing.
Now imagine visiting a site that requests login information or some other personal information. Except, in this case, code has been injected by the public WiFi network that puts a fake form over the real one. And when you enter your information into the form, you unsuspectingly just gave a criminal your data.
Fake WiFi Networks
It’s easy to trust connecting to a public WiFi network, especially when the network name looks familiar or trustworthy. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what some criminals are hoping for. They trick you into connecting and using their network, only to then use exploits to infect and/or steal data from your computer.
When you connect to a public WiFi connection that’s not secure, other people on that connection can potentially intercept any unencrypted data that you send from your computer. That means any communication and text you send and receive could be read by a hacker.
Securing Your Public WiFi Connection Automatically
The best way to secure a public WiFi connection on your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone is to use a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs create a secure, encrypted connection to a trusted network. In other words, VPNs create a secure tunnel through the public WiFi network and actually use the Internet connection at the end of the tunnel. That means the only thing a public WiFi network sees coming and going from your computer is encrypted data.
Unfortunately, there’s a problem with VPNs and Apple products. They’re difficult to set up and you have to manually turn them on when you want to use them. Fortunately, there’s a very elegant solution to that problem called StrongVPN.
StrongVPN is an affordable service that automatically turns on a VPN whenever you connect to an untrusted public WiFi network. I’ve been using it for several years, and all I can say is that it’s fast and magical!
When I connect to a public WiFi network on my MacBook Pro, StrongVPN automatically secures my connection. It also works with the macOS Notification Center to let me know when it’s securing the connection.
StrongVPN runs in a small window and is easy to connect and disconnect.
StrongVPN also makes an iOS app that automatically secures public WiFi connections. Whenever I connect to a public WiFi network, it automatically turns on the VPN for my iPhone or iPad.
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