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Use public Wi-Fi? A new free VPN makes it secure

Use public Wi-Fi? A new free VPN makes it secure
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If you've been following Komando.com, listening to The Kim Komando Show and subscribing to Kim's popular podcasts, then you know all about the major risks you're taking each time you go online.

In the moment, you may not feel threatened as you check your email, watch YouTube videos, pay bills or browse your favorite websites. But, the truth is, cyber crime is growing at a frighteningly rapid pace.

There may be malware lurking behind those suspicious links and ads, phishing scams can trick you into entering private information into a fake website, keyloggers can track every character you type, and more.

That's why it's never a good idea to use public Wi-Fi, especially if you're not being extremely cautious. But it sure is tempting, isn't it? While you're sipping coffee at a Starbucks or waiting for your plane at the airport, like anyone else, you want to jump on your smartphone, tablet or laptop to browse the Internet.

Because there are so many threats that could infect a network with viruses, or expose private information to unwanted individuals, many networks block certain types of content to reduce those risks. But there are ways to get around this, while still keeping yourself safe.

One of the best ways to keep your browsing secure is by using a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. A VPN works by encrypting your connection, which keeps your activity private. It also hides your physical location and IP address when you browse.

Next page: How do VPNs work?
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