Gary recently sold his house and is looking for the best possible way to stay connected while he's traveling the country. Leo says that iPad cellular, with a combination of RV Park WiFi, works great. You can also turn your iPad into a hotspot. But Leo says that a MiFi card would be more beneficial because you can connect up to five devices. But using the iPad as a hotspot may be faster, especially a new one. Some RVers will get a dish, but Leo doesn't recommend it. It's expensive and slow.
Darrell worries that his laptop isn't safe on a public WiFi hotspot. Leo says that the reality is he does broadcast his web traffic via radio and it can be sniffed. But these days, most sites are encrypted and secure. If he's worried, using a VPN is a good idea. Leo likes Tiny Hardware Firewall.
Sue Ellen is going on a cruise to Hawaii next month and WiFi is $0.75 a minute. What are her options? Can she use her phone as a hotspot? Leo says not while she's on the ocean. When she gets to Hawaii, that's an option. While she's at sea, she'll be stuck with what they give her and there's nothing but pain. It's very slow and inconsistent. It's definitely not worth $0.75 a minute!
Dorothy lives in France and is coming to the US for holiday. She'll be on a road trip and she wants a Wi-Fi hotspot for everyone to use in the car. Leo says that he's done that going the other way to Europe and he just rented a MiFi Wi-Fi Card. It's a credit card sized device that is battery powered and gets its bandwidth from LTE. Then everyone can share it.
John often logs into public Wi-Fi hotspots, but he hasn't been able to connect with his cell phone and his MiFi. Leo says that is probably due to not agreeing to terms of service or watching an ad. It's called a "captive portal." Mobile phones are supposed to handle it properly, and if it's not connected, he should see an "!" signaling that it isn't connecting.
Cecil is using LastPass and wonders if he's safe using it even on a public Wi-Fi access point, like a hotel. Leo says absolutely. It encrypts all of his passwords and he'll be safe that way. Not even LastPass knows what his password is.
He should make sure he's also encrypting his email. Google is planning to do that through Android later this year.