VPNs

How Safe is Public WiFi?

Firewall

Episode 1592

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Mark hears that Public Wifi may not be safe. Is that true? Leo says yes and no. When we're on a public network, people can see our connection. We can see other people's computers in our browser. We may not be able to see everything, but a hacker can use what's called a "WiFi pineapple." So there is a potential risk. But with a secure connection via HTTPS, they can't really see anything. That's why Google is pushing hard for every website to be https. That's why it's Leo's opinion that we're mostly safe. When in doubt, just use a virtual private network while on a public wifi.

Is public wifi at a hospital safe?

Netgear AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router

Episode 1589

Gordon from Long Island, California

Gordon is in the hospital, and wants to know if their public wifi is safe or should he use a VPN? Leo says that if it's using a wide-open network, then anyone can log in. It's a shared, public network. There are some risks, but your banking is safe because it's encrypted. The one thing to worry about is a "man in the middle" attack. Hospitals with public wifis could give the hospital the ability to watch what you do. That's when a VPN can come in handy. It will encrypt all traffic, by burrowing an encrypted tunnel to the internet. 

Is There a Good VPN for iOS Devices?

ExpressVPN

Episode 1578

Louis from Hollywood, CA

Louis travels with his iPad and would like to know if there's a VPN for iOS. Leo says you have a few ways to go.  Leo says that 1.1.1.1 is an app that isn't strictly a VPN, but it changes the DNS to give privacy from an ISP. The benefit is that it doesn't slow users down. But if customers want something to completely protect them at a public space, Leo says to purchase ones like ExpressVPN, or NordVPN. Both are offshore and don't log user activity. There's also Tiny Hardware Firewall as another option.

Should I Use Verizon's VPN?

 Verizon Cloud

Episode 1576

David from Los Angeles, CA

David wants to know if he should back up his mobile device to Verizon Cloud. Leo says to not do it. They'll give a little bit for free, but they really want to charge extra for it. And he can back up to Google Drive for free. What about Verizon's VPN, is that worth $3.99 a month? Leo says that most paid VPNs are that much... but the question is, do we trust Verizon? Verizon is using McAfee's VPN services, and have in writing that they aren't logging user activity. So that's probably fine, especially at that price.

Do ISPs Know When You're Using a VPN to Stream?

pfsense

Episode 1574

Mike from Cabo San Lucas, MX

Mike is down in Cabo a lot and he streams using high-speed DSL. He uses a VPN but lately, the ISP has been shutting him down. Leo says that it sounds like the internet companies are getting wise to that. Sometimes users can switch VPNs and get back up and running. Another option is to set up a VPN server at his server in the US, then surf to that with Remote PC. 

Why are VPNs slower?

DashLane

Episode 1570

Tom from Tustin, CA

Tom uses DashLane for his password vault, and wants to know if their new VPN service slows him down. Leo says it can. He's essentially running a computer remotely, and it works with an encrypted tunnel. So, it can cause some latency as it works its way in and out of the tunnel. Not all VPNs are alike either. Some are faster than others, so he should check with DashLane to see how many servers they run. He also wants to be sure they don't log his use. Tom also doesn't like that he doesn't have the option to opt-out after they raised his monthly fee.

Johnny Jet on Travel Tech

Episode 1535

Travel Tip - When traveling overseas, always pay in local currency. If they ask if you'd like to pay in US dollars, you'll likely get charged a conversion fee with your credit card. Also. Let your bank know that you're traveling overseas. Also, pay using a credit card. Your debit card is no protected if the card gets stolen or hacked.

Another tip - use a VPN while traveling with your internet access. You'll actually save money by pretending you're in a different country and you're booking flights. Leo uses a travel router, which protects him overseas.