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VPN for WiFi?

by carperl / July 8, 2010 1:42 AM PDT

I just saw something on WiFi "white hat" hackers. I have a MacBook Pro.

Do I need to get VPN?

Anyone know of a good source for free vpn?

Thanks!

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(NT) What would you use it for?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 8, 2010 8:18 AM PDT
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VPN for WiFi?
by carperl / July 9, 2010 6:08 AM PDT

This all came about because I saw feature on a morning show about how vulnerable we are when using public wifi. Their "expert" recommended getting VPN.

I have wireless in my house which is where I primarily use my MacBook. I do all my financial's on my Mac as well as correspondence. Also, when I do travel I prefer to use my laptop in the hotel rather than go to the hotel's business center.

Under the conditions described, I wonder if I should get VPN.

Thanks!

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Too bad the "expert" did not elaborate
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 9, 2010 11:28 AM PDT
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on the VPN thing.

Using WiFi at the house, as long as you are using WPA or similar is fine.
Using Wifi at a hotel, for financials is a no-no. Just don't do it. Most hotel networks are not secured in any way, some are though.
Just because the hotel gives you a password, does not make the network secure.

VPN, Virtual Private Network, is a means of connecting to a secure network from an unsecured location.
At the house you are already there.
At the hotel, you would attempt to connect to your house network. Takes a bit of work, configuration and software to accomplish

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