Ive been using the free wifi at this local diner for awhile without any concern for privacy. I figured Ive got a good firewall and antivirus and Im not doing anything on the internet that would require usernames/passwords, cc info etc... Mostly I just use the wifi to read the news.
But lately Ive been more concerned with being more careful when Im on there. Ive been reading up on what exactly someone can see/steal when using wifi hotspots that anyone can have access to. Scary stuff.
I read that a vpn would be a great way to stay safe while using wifi hotspots, so I downloaded a program called HotSpot Shield and installed it. My questions are is this adequate along with good firewall/anti virus programs to keep my privacy intact? And to anyone else here who uses HotSpot Shield or a comparable vpn service: do these vpn services also extend to other programs on my computer that acesses the internet? For example, I download a lot of pdf files using a program called internet download manager. Does the vpn service also apply whenever I use that program to download those files?
Thanks for any help!
Edited by Frank C., 16 July 2013 - 04:32 AM.