Free, unencrypted wireless is everywhere, but you shouldn't be checking your
bank account on it unless you don’t mind somebody else snooping. The solution?
A virtual private network, or VPN.
A VPN extends your own private network into public places, so even if you’re
using Starbucks' Wi-Fi connection, your Internet browsing stays encrypted and
There are plenty of ways to set up a VPN, both with free and paid services,
but each solution has its own pros and cons, determined by the way the VPN
provider operates and charges and the kinds of VPN options it provides.
The easiest and cheapest solution to keep your data safe is to just abstain
from public Wi-Fi completely. But that sounds a little extreme to me when it’s
relatively simple and inexpensive to build your own VPN server at home, and
run it off of a tiny, inexpensive ($35) Raspberry Pi.
> **See also: Raspberry Pi: Everything You Need To Know**
My Raspberry Pi is about the size of a smartphone, but it runs a fully
functional VPN server. That means no matter where I am, I can connect my
computer to my home network and access shared ...