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Protection when using WiFi hotspots

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 24, 2013

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Norton Hotspot Privacy

Priced: £2.99 (one day), £19.99 (one month), £49.99 (one year)


COMPUTERS and security have to go hand in hand in today’s technology-reliant world.

There aren’t many households without access to a computer and the majority of these have internet access.

Fearing the worst, users spend tens of thousands of pounds every year on security and anti virus products for their home computer systems and networks — but very few of them protect themselves on the road.

I’ll use myself as a prime example. I have a home laptop which is extensively protected with various firewalls and virus scanners while also having the added benefit of additional online protection from my internet service provider.

I also have a work laptop which is equally protected and I have a laptop which I use at home, at work and out and about.

As this particular laptop is used as a mobile work tool, the majority of my internet browsing is done by making free use of other people’s open WiFi connections.

The laptop has a virus scanner and a firewall but these only protect data coming in — they don’t protect the data I am outputting over unknown and unsecured networks.

These free WiFi hotspots I link to, could easily be infiltrated and the transmitted data captured. This could be something as simple as an email or it could be my banking details.

Norton Hotspot Privacy is designed for users like myself — people who frequently use free unsecured web access.

What this Norton software does, is create a safe and private connection between you and the WiFi hotspot — preventing eavesdropping and spies.

The software encrypts your data as it is transmitted and makes your connection invisible to anyone scanning these networks for potential victims.

Installation of the software is quick and easy and as my version came as a web download, all I had to do was enter a code on the Norton website to start the process.

The software is easy to use and starts automatically when your WiFi kicks into action.

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