The following is a Plus Edition article, written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
This is an update of an article I published last year. Several things have changed since I published the first article. Therefore, I have updated this article to reflect the changes.
I am a big fan of security, both online and off. I admit to being a bit phobic about online security. I also travel a lot and don’t trust public wi-fi networks in airports, hotels, and elsewhere. In fact, I am even a bit leery of the broadband Internet connection installed in my home. The in-home network is probably safer to use than most public wi-fi networks but nothing is ever perfect. In theory, someone might be intercepting my communications for nefarious purposes. (“Can you spell NSA?”) For the past year, I have been using an encrypted Internet connection and a super-secure web browser.
This software encrypts each and every byte of information I send or receive on the Internet, keeping my information away from prying eyes in the next hotel room or on the wi-fi network I am using at the moment or even from professional spies in remote locations. I suspect it keeps data safe from the NSA although that agency will not confirm or deny the security of this method of encryption. Then again, the U.S. military uses this method to keep information secret from our enemies so I suspect the NSA has tested it and verified it as being impenetrable. Again, I “suspect” but cannot prove it.