This home VPN router setup protects your data wherever you are

“It is possible — and increasingly common — for malicious people to ‘sniff’ traffic on public Wi-Fi networks, looking for information,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Intego. “They try to catch your user names, passwords, and any other data that may identify you, and then try and access your accounts or even steal your identity.”

“For this reason, you need to take extra precautions when you’re on public or unfamiliar networks,” McElhearn writes. “There’s a way to protect your devices from man in the middle attacks wherever you are: You can use a virtual private network (VPN). This ensures that the data you send and receive is encrypted between your device and a server, ensuring that no one can sniff your traffic in a coffee shop, airport, or hotel. Most VPNs are subscription services, and cost from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars, depending on the speed and amount of data you use.”

“But there’s a better way to set up a VPN: You can buy a router that includes built-in VPN software, and then set it up at your home or office,” McElhearn writes. “When you’re on the road, you connect to that router, and the traffic between your laptop computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device is encrypted up to that point. After that, it goes out onto the Internet, but from a location that you know is secure.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Safety first! Also, remember that you can also use an old Mac to provide an inexpensive personal VPN.

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  1. It is certainly good to use a home VPN to access your network; however, many home internet connections are asymmetrical, with much slower outgoing traffic. That means you may get slower internet than you would from a commercial VPN provider.

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