How do you protect yourself while accessing the internet outside your office or home?


#1

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you will likely need to access the internet. How do you keep yourself secure in this situation?

  • Use your own smartphone or hotspot
  • Use a VPN (corporate or 3rd party)
  • Find a network you can trust (even if it means paying for the access/usage)
  • Bring & use my own portable router
  • Firewall or other security software on your device
  • Only use wired networks to limit my exposure
  • Other

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#2

When I am in a hotel room I use a VPN to my home server from my own portable router that has WiFi and so offers me a network I can trust. Outside hotel rooms I prefer to use my own smartphone. To have data abroad I buy a local SIM. And as I work at a university I can use the worldwide EDUroam network whenever available.


#3

Great input (and solution). Thank you for letting us know!


#4

Using a VPN ensurers that your traffic is encrypted reducing the risk of MITM attack. Public wifi/hotspots are not secure; don’t take chances.


#5

Excellent point @Villbo! Regardless of the device, encrypting the traffic is a great way to add more protection. For anyone who might be new (or newer) to security, if you aren’t using a VPN, I’m a firm believer that you should be. In fact, for anyone who might not be as familiar with why this is important, take a look at the article PC Mag just did on why your iPhone needs a VPN. It is a decent basic overview of the types of protection a VPN can add (not just for an iPhone) and why that is important.

Here is the link for anyone interested: PC Mag Article on VPN for iPhone
Note: The article also incorporates a review of VPN apps for the iPhone