Five Best VPN Service Providers.
I have written before about the dangers of accessing public WiFi networks at airports, coffee shops, businesses and any of the millions of free WiFi networks around the planet. However, unless you bring your own connection ( I use my Verizon Wireless USB Modem, or connect with the Hotspot feature of my phones or tablets), there is a risk that confidential information can be compromised, including user names, passwords, client data, and so forth. A good solution is the use of a Virtual Private Network tunnel (VPN), of which there are many providers. In essence, these services create an encrypted, anonymous tunnel through their own servers, and give you access to the Internet through them. Some require you to download a client program to your computer, and some are free. I don't recommend the free services, however, as they can be slow and problematic. The paid services are better; but, some are better than others. I don't recommend any particular service; you need to investigate that for yourself. And, given recent disclosures about Government access to networks, do not be misled into believing that you are anonymous to the Government. However, for legitimate security uses, these services provide a real buffer between you, your passwords, your client data, and so forth, from those who want to get that information. And, they provide real protection if you use public WiFi. Be careful out there.