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Security tools for safe Wi-Fi surfing... a shootout: IPREDATOR vs. HotSpot Shield

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#1 Boardwalkgirl


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Posted 17 April 2010 - 12:38 PM

This thread is about a couple of tools a person might use for safe Wi-Fi surfing (IPREDATOR and HotSpotShield) because although most don’t realize it, Wi-Fi hotspots, whether paid or free, are horrifically insecure. You are literally broadcasting all of your data “in the clear” with typically no security whatsoever. This can include your e-mail, IM messages, web searches, and any other data sent or received over the wireless network. It is shockingly easy for anyone to “sniff” and capture your data without your knowledge. Due to the ease of the crime, and the fact Wi-Fi hotspots are typically frequented by folks with a little change in their pocket, a Wi-Fi hotspot is a tantalizing place for bad guys to lurk.

Other than the fact that HotSpot Shield is free and IPREDATOR costs a few dollars a month, can anyone see any real difference between the two? Might one be stronger or weaker than the other? I see that IPREDATOR is an actual tunnel or VPN. Is HotSpot Shield a tunnel like IPREDATOR is?


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