Im a little surprised that these two options werent added in this article, but these two aspects, or tips, are extremely useful when using public internet access while on the go.
1. Use Good Virus Protection
There have been various experiences Ive had in the past where myself or another friend or relative has had the data on their computer or their internet traffic intercepted and used for malicious intent because they either had no virus protection running on their computer, or they had some free, knock-off virus scanner that only did a half-a** job of protecting the computer and the data stored on it. Zone Alarm is an Internet Security program that I have had the best luck with, as far as it doing a REALLY good job of protecting the data stored on my laptop and other computers when i used them on the go (www.zonealarm.com). This isnt a free internet security program, but in the long run, it is a small price to pay for protecting potentially hundreds of dollars or gigabytes worth of information. The programs virus protection also does a really good job without bogging your computer's performance down. If you feel secure enough using an internet security program that is free, Comodo is a really good option as well. From just one software download, Comodo gives you the ability to install just their virus protection, firewall program, or both rolled into one. One of the features that I love in both Comodo and Zone Alarm is that if someone tries to access your computer remotely, the software will kick up a warning message to let you know.
2. Use a Good VPN Service
There have been various times when Ive been traveling out of state or just around town to different locations and Ive needed to access a particular website for business purposes or utilize a particular program on my computer to assist clients and other customers, but the wireless connection blocked that particular website or blocked the particular kind of network traffic associated with the needed program. HotSpot Shield is a free, but from my previous and long experience with it, a good VPN client to use when encountering either of the above mentioned situations. It allows you to access legitimate websites or services that have been blocked for no apparent reason, and it also does a good job of masking your network traffic from people who try to use network sniffing programs to unlawfully intercept your network traffic
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