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I am a big fan of security, both online and off. 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 few days I have been using an encrypted Internet connection with integrated super-secure web browser. It should eliminate most security concerns. I found it to be super-easy to install and use. Best of all, this high level of security is available free of charge.
Actually, "install" is the wrong word. There is no software to install in the normal method of installing other programs. Simply download the required software for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux and click on one icon. This starts an encrypted, secure connection and launches the super-secure web browser. When finished, you can either click on another icon to delete the encrypted connection or power off the computer.
In fact, you can even use this method on a borrowed Windows computer, such as a friend's system or a public access computer at a local library or Internet cafe. All you need is a flash drive or a CD-ROM disk with the proper software installed on it; insert that flash drive or CD into the borrowed computer, and re-boot.
Is this perfect security? Not really. As I wrote above, nothing is ever perfect. However, the use of this software certainly keeps most prying eyes locked out. I would guess that 99.9999% of the would-be hackers will be locked out of my connections and unable to view my credit card numbers, passwords, or other sensitive information I might send over the Internet. I will settle for 99.9999% security instead of the normal risks.
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