Is A Wi-Fi Hotspot Safe?

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The majority of public Wi-Fi hotspots do not use any type of security for connecting users to the Internet. Those that do have security only provide very basic security measures. Most of them only authenticate user access with a simple username and password. This leaves the connection unsecure. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) solves the security issues by protecting user devices from data theft and hackers. When connecting to a wireless network, French users should always utilize a VPN.

Securing a Wireless Connection
Many websites now implement SSL and SSH security protocols, especially those that process financial data. A user can tell if the website they are on is secured by looking for the “https://” tag at the beginning of the site URL.  The limitation of this security is that it is only active while the user is on the secured page.  Once they leave the safety of that page, their data is at risk. A VPN protects, the entire Internet connection, not just connections to one webpage. Therefore, smart Internet users add the extra security layer that is provided by a VPN.

A VPN for France encrypts user data on wireless networks, creating a secure tunnel through which the data travels. Encryption levels vary depending on the protocol used and the operating system of the device. For instance, the PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) uses 128-bit encryption while the L2TP/IPSec (Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol over Internet Protocol Security) uses 256-bit, and OpenVPN uses 160-bit and 256-bit encryption.

The choice of protocol is also affected by the type of device and operating system the device uses. PPTP and L2TP are both supported by a wide range of devices, including desktop computers, laptop computers, tablets and mobile devices. OpenVPN is not supported by mobile devices. Computer users often find that OpenVPN is the best option. Mobile device users turn to PPTP or L2TP, depending on whether speed or security is more important to them.

A France VPN can also be used in conjunction with NAT firewall to provide an even higher level of security. NAT firewall filters data packets to block unsolicited inbound traffic from reaching the user’s device. By combining the use of a VPN with a NAT firewall, users give themselves the highest levels of security online.

As long as Internet users utilize a VPN to connect to the Internet, their data is secure and private. The secure connections created by VPN tunnels are extremely hard to breach. Any hacker attempting to listen in on the connection will only see random strings of data that are impossible to decode. This is why French VPNs on Android and other devices have become increasingly popular in the world of Internet security.

Mike Jones enjoys surfing the net wherever he goes. He helps other see how they can secure their smartphones and mobile devices  and access more sites with internet technology.

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