How to secure macOS, iOS, and iPadOS on a public WiFi network

Public WiFi connections have become ubiquitous, but are they safe? There's a very good chance many of them aren't, which is why you really need to consider securing your MacBook, iPad, or iPhone when connecting to them.

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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.

Packet Sniffing

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 connected notification

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.

On Demand VPN Settings

StrongVPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee, high-powered encryption, servers in over 30 countries, and 24/7 customer support. StrongVPN is available at a discounted price using this link.

4.5 out of 5

What I liked most

  • Affordable
  • Supports multiple VPN protocols
  • Connects automatically
  • Easy to use
  • Has servers in over 30 countries

Could be better

  • Only runs on the dock, not the menu bar

Jon Henshaw

Jon is the founder of Coywolf and the EIC and the primary author reporting for Coywolf News. He is an industry veteran with over 25 years of digital marketing and internet technologies experience. Follow @[email protected]