Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




601 posts

Ultimate Geek


# 109766 26-Sep-2012 06:27
Send private message

Hi there,

I've come across this product - http://www.parallels.com/products/anchorfree-hotspot-shield/ - which seems to be some form of VPN (and tunnelling?) that protects your data whilst on unsecure public WiFi connections.

Maybe someone might be able to explain how the above product works?

Are there any other products out there, Windows (compatible with x64 OS) based (and even free Windows software recommended by reputable others), that do the same thing as AnchorFree Hotspot Shield? Perferably the software will 'kick in' when I actually connect to an unsecure WiFi - other times, while connected to my secured wireless network at home it is not in action, but running ready to be put in action.

Appreciate any help on this,
Stevie

Create new topic
BDFL - Memuneh
64843 posts

Uber Geek

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Lifetime subscriber

  # 691477 26-Sep-2012 07:08
Send private message

VPNs work by encrypting all the traffic between your computer and their servers. From there they pass the traffic to the Internet.

When you use open WiFi hotspots (or any other network really) the traffic between your computer and the Internet (except secure sites) is open to view. Someone could hijack some of the information and use that to impersonate you in other sites. Encrypting the traffic makes it harder for people to do it.

Encrypting the traffic, then sending it to an end point on the other side of the world also makes it slower, unless they offer a server here in New Zealand with good connectivity.




Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Chorus to launch Hyperfibre service
Posted 18-Nov-2019 15:00


Microsoft launches first Experience Center worldwide for Asia Pacific in Singapore
Posted 13-Nov-2019 13:08


Disney+ comes to LG Smart TVs
Posted 13-Nov-2019 12:55


Spark launches new wireless broadband "Unplan Metro"
Posted 11-Nov-2019 08:19


Malwarebytes overhauls flagship product with new UI, faster engine and lighter footprint
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:48


CarbonClick launches into Digital Marketplaces
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:42


Kordia offers Microsoft Azure Peering Service
Posted 6-Nov-2019 11:41


Spark 5G live on Auckland Harbour for Emirates Team New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2019 17:30


BNZ and Vodafone partner to boost NZ Tech for SME
Posted 31-Oct-2019 17:14


Nokia 7.2 available in New Zealand
Posted 31-Oct-2019 16:24


2talk launches Microsoft Teams Direct Routing product
Posted 29-Oct-2019 10:35


New Breast Cancer Foundation app puts power in Kiwi women's hands
Posted 25-Oct-2019 16:13


OPPO Reno2 Series lands, alongside hybrid noise-cancelling Wireless Headphones
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:32


Waikato Data Scientists awarded $13 million from the Government
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:27


D-Link launches Wave 2 Unified Access Points
Posted 24-Oct-2019 15:07



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.