Secure iPhone on Public WiFi

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IPVanish, unlike other VPN services, also acts as a firewall. When you are connected to IPVanish VPN, no one can hack into your computer, whether at home or on a public WiFi hotspot. This adds another layer of security and peace of mind.

There are other advantages to VPN. If you live overseas, VPN can make it seem like you are in another nation. For example, if you live in a country that doesn’t have access to Hulu or Spotify, you can use VPN to access these services. VPN also prevents geotargeting and greatly enhances privacy. IPVanish hides your IP address by using the same address for multiple users. No one can tell what you’re doing online, as it is obfuscated by a shared IP address.

You can download the IPVanish app from the App Store. Their app offers a convenient way to sign up, but I recommend shopping around online. IPVanish offers great deals from affiliates and directly on their website. With a little effort, you can get VPN for less than $5 a month, and use it on your iPhone, iPad and computer.

Use Cellular Data Connection

Cellular data connections for smartphones offer encryption and security. Although cellular data is typically expensive, there are good reasons to use it. You don’t have to use your cellular data connection for everything. If you are just going to watch some streaming video, the public WiFi network is probably good enough. Banking and anything that requires security should be done over a cellular connection if your WiFi network is unsecure and you’re not connected to VPN. These transactions won’t consume a lot of data.

You can turn on cellular data by turning off WiFi. Simply swipe your finger up from the bottom of any screen to reveal Control Center. Tap on the WiFi icon to toggle the wireless connection off. You should see a 3G or LTE icon on the top left of your iPhone, next to your carrier’s brand. If you don’t see this, tap on Settings > Cellular and turn on cellular data. Be careful not to go over your cellular data limits. You can check your usage by tapping Settings > Cellular. Most carriers also offer an app to check usage. Verizon even offers a widget with current cellular usage statistics.

Stay Safe

We’ve looked at various ways to secure your iPhone on public WiFi networks. If possible, try to connect to a secure, encrypted WiFi network. VPN is one of the best ways to ensure security on any network. If VPN is too costly, consider using cellular data for sensitive activities, such as banking and online shopping. With a little knowledge and care, you can prevent malicious users from stealing your data.

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