Is there anything I can do to browse securely at a coffeeshop?

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  1. oxband macrumors 6502

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    I dont have internet at home, so I typically go to a coffeeshop to take care of things I need to do. I realize this is an timebomb waiting to go off when someone hacks into my bank account.

    So, is there anything I can do to browse all personal sites securely from a public network? Does a VPN do anything to help?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes, use a VPN that provides some encryption.
     
  3. oxband thread starter macrumors 6502

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    is there a service you'd recommend? if i use it while browsing, ill be safe?
     
  4. kot macrumors regular

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    I recommend kebrum.com
    They are reasonable prices and fast speeds. I use them when travelling (public hotstops and the like)
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Googling reveals a few free services, including proXPN and Hotspot Shield, but I can't personally vouch for them.
     
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Just use SSL (HTTPS) for E-mail/online banking et cetera. This is like a VPN between your machine and the E-mail provider or bank server.
     
  7. oxband thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How can I set up my browser to go SSL for certain sites?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It depends on the site. You can't force a site to use SSL if it's not already using it.
     
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