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Protect your private data and Internet connections.
Free public Wi-Fi is incredibly convenient, but security can be an issue. Here's how to minimize the risk, whether you use a laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
Gaps in free wireless Internet access are slowly being filled in by public and private organizations, as well as by ad hoc groups of wireless-network users offering a portion of their bandwidth to the public.
Security doesn't have to be complicated, as shown by these quick and easy alternatives to the conventional wisdom on passwords, privacy, backups, ID theft, and other tech-safety matters.
ISPs and other network providers can use deep packet inspection to monitor all the data transmitted to and from your computer; encryption via a virtual private network keeps your data transfers private.
Use encryption, keep your software up-to-date, disable images in e-mail, scan e-mail attachments for viruses, use a nonadministrator Windows account, scan for viruses manually, and use a secure-erase utility to destroy old data.
The SecureKiss virtual private network service is relatively simple to install and use. The free version lets you transmit up to 300MB per day without having to register.