I watched a video clip yesterday that told how easy it is for a hacker to set up a bogus wireless network in a public place (Starbucks was the example that was used in this clip) and then have users mistakenly log into it and allow the hacker to view their online activity. They mentioned a free program (VPNBook) that allows you to create a Virtual Private Network with your wireless device so that if you happen to accidentally connect to a hacker's bogus network, all they will see is encrypted data (i.e., garbage) on their monitor. Sounded like a great idea, so I went to the VPNBook web site to check it out. Here is how they describe their product:
Our Free VPN (Virtual Private Network) server is designed with the latest technologies and most advanced cryptographic techniques to keep you safe on the internet from prying eyes and hackers. Our VPN securely routing all your internet traffic through an encrypted tunnel to bypass government censorship, defeat corporate surveillance and monitoring by your ISP. VPNBook strives to keep the internet a safe and free place by providing free and secure PPTP and OpenVPN service access for everyone.
I must admit that I am not much of an expert on security programs like this, but to me it sounds like you are not only running software on your wireless device, but you are also making use of the VPNBook servers to encrypt and route your online data. This makes me wonder why they are offering all of this for free. Do any of you have any knowledge of or experience with VPNBook that could help me decide whether or not to make use of this security program.