Is Wifi Your Friend? Wi Not?

There cannot be enough said these days about protecting yourself and your electronics.  We have conditioned ourselves to the need to have access every minute, it seems.  But, do we really stop and think about safety and security when we are using free public WiFi?  Should we?

We should be very concerned when using free public WiFi because it is not secure, as the communications are not encrypted.  Without the use of encryption, accessibility is easy and convenient.  This opens the door up to technology being used that allows wireless computer communications within range of your device to see what you are doing, information you are passing along and your user names and passwords. You are helping the bad guys.  Is this personal information of so little importance to you? 

So, what is the answer?  Use VPN or Voice Protocol Network.  The use of a VPN encrypts and routes wireless communications to a secure channel for your computer to communicate.  Also, using secure websites – those with ‘https” indicates that it is a secure website.  Although, if you are accessing a website with ‘https’ via a VPN, your communication is secure. 

It is good practice to take as many precautions as you can to protect yourself and your information.  This is something we shouldn’t be lax about.  All you need is one little tidbit of you to get out before damage can be done. 

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Kay Sowa

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Kay Sowa is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group at Capehart & Scatchard, P.A. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent, an Accredited Estate Planner®, and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She oversees the trust and estate administration practice for the firm. She is an accomplished author and lecturer who has frequently spoken on behalf of a number of organizations including the National Business Institute and the Institute of Paralegal Education.

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