How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network. (And When to Use One.)

How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network. (And When to Use One.)

How to Set Up a Virtual Private Network  (And When to Use One.)
By Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, in Slate

Free internet is easy to come by these days. Free, safe internet? That’s another story. It’s quite easy for someone on the same network to intercept your traffic, meaning that they can see the contents of your emails, your social media traffic, your chats—basically any internet that’s not encrypted by default. If you are connected on a plane, in a café, or in another public space, there is a very good chance someone is listening. It could just be for curiosity, it could be criminal, but it is quite common. Fortunately, it’s also easy to protect yourself.

When you are using a public Wi-Fi network, you should always, always, always use something called a virtual private network. Lots of security measures are optional, but unless you want some random person snooping on everything you do online, a VPN is a must.

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