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General Free Wi-Fi and how to protect our data?

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  1. galaxyhuet

    galaxyhuet New Member
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    Hi,
    I would an interesting blog that the old phone booths in NYC are being converted into WI-Fi hotspots. I think it is a wonderful way to reshape the city streets without changing the iconic booths. See it , https://www.acanac.com/blog/general-category/sidewalk-labs-whats-old-is-new-again/ Free internet is a concept which is gaining momentum.
    But I am skeptical about availing the free internet. There has to be some hidden elements in it. Maybe the companies are watching our search patterns for advertising. I would use the free internet only if I am sure my phone is secured. Are there any apps or tools to secure the internet for Android marshmallow?
     

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  2. The_Chief

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    Other than using a VPN and an Ad Blocker, I don't know of anything really necessary. I'm sure there are some more advanced tools for hacker-level people... but for the casual web user, those two should be sufficient.
     
  3. galaxyhuet

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    okay. SO, what VPNs do you recommend? Will free VPN do he job?
     
  4. svim

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    Free VPN services are rarely going to be adequate, just get in the mindset a good VPN will require a fee. As for recommendations, just keep in mind what works for one person may or may not work for you. Quality of service often depends on locale and there's a wide variance of features that make choosing one or another a matter of compromise or work-arounds:
    http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/06/aiming-for-anonymity-ars-assesses-the-state-of-vpns-in-2016/
    Here's a good site for you get info on choosing a VPN that suits your particular requirements. It includes a pretty extensive database of different VPNs along with some of their unique features:
    https://thatoneprivacysite.net/
    Even if you opt for some VPN service not listed there, this page is a really good primer on what to look for:
    https://thatoneprivacysite.net/choosing-the-best-vpn-for-you/

    After you've made your choice, check and verify your VPN periodically. It's really important to do so.
    http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/28/find-out-if-your-vpn-leaks-your-ip-address/
     
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  5. mikedt

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    Turbo VPN, it works in China, so should be OK for WiFi hotspots in NYC I think. It has ads in the VPN app, that's why it is free of course.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=free.vpn.unblock.proxy.turbovpn

    My favourite paid VPN is Astrill, been using that for a while now.
    https://www.astrill.com/

    EDIT:

    My Astrill VPN subscription had just expired. So giving Express VPN a try, and so far it seems to be reliable and fast.
    https://www.expressvpn.com

    Both Express and Astrill are often the recommended ones in China, and can be trusted AFAICT.
     
    #5 mikedt, Dec 14, 2016
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