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Wireless - how secure is your data?

Jan 27, 2009, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to techczar for this link. ]

"What if I don't have a choice and need to use an unsecured hotspot? What can I do?!?!?!?!

"This is the number one question. I left it at the end because the other questions build a good foundation as to why you need to do this.

"VPN - if you must do work through an unsecured wireless access point then a VPN is the most secure way to go by far. A VPN allows you to tunnel all your traffic through it and it encrypts everything along the way until the server you initiated the VPN with gets the data and then decrypts it. The assumption is that the most insecure transmission occurs before reaching the VPN server, at which time there is no need for it be encrypted anymore (this is a very simplified breakdown of VPNs). If you are a casual user and don't have a work VPN but want everything to be secure then you can sign up for services such as hotspot-vpn which allows you to vpn into their servers. Many other companies offer services for a relatively cheap price."

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