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You’re Crazy if You Use Public WiFi Without This…

Public WiFi is Not Safe!!!!!!!!!!!! (Get my Drift?)

I’ve said this in the past, time and time again, Public WiFi is NOT safe. Use it at your own risk… or… a better option, secure your public WiFi connection using a VPN because if you don’t you could open yourself up to viruses or even identity theft.

What’s a VPN? A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. Basically a VPN creates extremely secure connections between private networks linked through the Internet. It allows remote computers to act as though they were on the same secure, local network. And the VPN I use is Cloak…

Cloak – The Best Way to Secure Your Computer on Public WiFi – “DOWNLOAD”

Cloak is a small app that you can use to secure your internet connection when you’re using public Wi-Fi, like the kind you find at coffee shops, airports, hotels, and conferences. Cloak automatically detects unsafe connections and secures them. Available for your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Cloak “just works” — anytime, anywhere in the world.

Sorry everyone, it’s not for Windows. Windows users are on your own in this department. I don’t have any VPN recommendations for Windows.

OverCloak

This is the newest feature of Cloak… When you join a new network, Cloak takes a few seconds to form a secure connection. While that’s happening, aggressive apps can chatter away over the untrusted Wi-Fi connection. Facebook is the biggest culprit! Your data leaks when it’s in this state. In addition, Wi-Fi can sometimes be temperamental. Cloak might have to temporarily drop its secure connection for a variety of reasons. Again, your chatty apps can get up to no good. Luckily, there’s OverCloak. It provides an extra layer of protection on untrusted networks.

When you connect to an untrusted network with OverCloak enabled, the first thing Cloak does is lock down your network so that only critical and secure communications are allowed in and out. (For the geeks amongst us, that would be DNS, HTTPS, and SSH.) If you try to visit a normal web site in this state, you will instead see a Cloak web page that explains why you do not have access to the site.

Chatty apps (like Facebook) that try to use insecure channels will be summarily blocked by OverCloak. And of course, once Cloak has established its secure connection, your full Internet access is restored. OverCloak closes the last gap in privacy on untrusted networks. Not only does Cloak secure your data, any data that can’t be secured is stopped before it can leave your machine. OverCloak finally lets you use untrusted networks with full confidence in the privacy of your personal data.

The Cloak Blog

Make sure you follow the Cloak blog. I did take most of the information found here from their blog and they update a few times a month so it’s usually fresh. This is a company that’s constantly innovating their product and I always recommend products that offer support through blogs.

Pricing

30 Day Free Trial! (I Told you I’d find something Free!) I use the Pro Plan at $8 a month. It protects up to 25 GB of data. The newest plan is the mini plan at $1.99 a month and will protect up to 5GB of data a month. This plan was not available when I started using Cloak. I guess there was a demand for this price and Cloak added it as an option. That’s an excellent price for people who may only use public WiFi a few times a month.

Use Cloak! I’ve used it for years and I can attest to its protective abilities. It’s another tool you can use to protect your computer from Malicious hackers, viruses and crappy apps like Facebook.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    j.
    October 17, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    i have a wifi portal service for internet at home. is that safe to use? if not, does cloak or any other product protect me when using this service? thanks.

    • Reply
      David Daniels
      October 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      I would think that your wifi hotspot would be safe to use as long as you have to enter some kind of password. Of course, any admin of the network you are using could potentially see any data you are transmitting so Cloak would definitely benefit you. Hope that helps.

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