Ilya spends a lot of time traveling and wants to know if Remote PC is a good way to access his computer to surf. Leo says you can, but it could be slower than using a VPN. It really comes down to your bandwidth, and what VPN service you're using. You'd certainly be more secure with a remote access product or VPN. But that doesn't mean a host nation won't see what you're doing. They'll at the very least be suspicious as to why you're using an encrypted app. So avoid authoritarian countries when using it. Leo also recommends the Ubakey.
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Connor wants to know about virtual private networks (VPN). Leo says that VPNs are kind of like a tunnel on the internet that keeps your connection secure and encrypted from the rest of the internet. Connor would like to have the freedom to go wherever he wants and watch whatever he wants without his ISP (charter) interfering. Leo says that it could be that websites that provide content may require cable membership in order to watch their content. So it may not be his ISP's fault.
The Chinese government made using a Virtual Private Network a crime this week. Microsoft and Apple moved quickly to remove any VPN software from their Chinese App Store. These companies have to obey the law in China if they want to do business there. So both are supporting the censorship, whereas Google still leaves things wide open.
Tom wants to make sure his wireless router is secure. Leo says the only thing Tom really needs to do is turn on WPA2 encryption. It's in the router setup, which can usually be accessed at 192.168.1.1. He should turn on WPA2 and give it a password that isn't obvious. Once that's turned on, all the traffic is encrypted.
Bruce does a lot of writing and traveling, and he's wondering if a Chromebook is a good option or should he bite the bullet and get a Surface Pro. Leo says that if you don't really need all that functionality, a Surface may be overkill. The Chromebook, by contrast is ideal for what Bruce does. It's secure, You backup your data to the cloud, and it's ideal for VPNs, which is what Bruce needs.
Elieazer watches TWiT through a Virtual Private Network. How can he configure his browser so that some things will go through the VPN, and other things won't? Leo says that VPNs slow things down because it routes the traffic through a VPN server. Elieazer uses ProXPN, which is a sponsor of the show. Leo doesn't think he can just choose which apps will go through the VPN, but it does make it easier to turn the whole VPN on and off.
Katie works from home and wants to know the most secure way to use the Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or public library. Leo says that most things we want to be secure already is under "https." So she really doesn't have to worry about that. The big one is that email logins are protected.
No, that's something different. Leo says VPNs (virtual private networks) are designed to allow users to connect securely to their own network while on the road. It provides secure access to an internal network. Leo recommends HotSpot VPN for that.
Michael is interested in a virtual private network recommendation. Leo says that OpenVPN is a good, free option.
Leo uses HotSpot VPN, which is $99 and comes with a built in hardware router called the Tiny Hotspot Firewall, which also routes all traffic through a virtual private network (VPN) at 256 bit open vpn.
Alan is going on vacation and there will be free WiFi at the hotel, and is wondering whether or not it's safe to use. Leo says it depends. If he's doing online banking, then he's using a secure SSL connection. Other services like Facebook, Gmail, etc. are also done securely. However, some services may not be secure.