Must know: how to safely use free Wifi networks
You can use free Wifi hotspots, even if you don't have a SIM card or mobile Wifi hotspot. It's a good option if you don't use the internet often, or if your SIM card or hotspot as a data limit. Free Wifi hotspots are available at various places like hotels, stores and train stations. They can be accessed with a guest password or even without a password. The disadvantages of such hotspots are:
- Availability is not guaranteed;
- Speed is not guaranteed;
- Safety and privacy are not guaranteed.
Regarding safety and privacy: there can be people snooping around on the same network that you are on. Even if you visit secured websites, they can see which websites you visit. If you visit unsecured websites (without https), they can see everything you do (including passwords and credit card numbers).
If you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the internet, you will always be on a secure encrypted connection. Free Wifi hotspots can then safely be used, and even unsecured websites are no longer a risk.
Using a VPN is easy: it is software that you need to install on your phone, tablet or laptop. You can turn it on when you need it, or automatically. There is very little to configure to make it work.
We use GooseVPN ourselves. We found it to be an affordable and very easy option. It can be installed on all of your devices for one price. There are no additional costs, no matter how much you use it. We opted for their life time deal, so we paid once and can use it on all our trips, forever.