This is a guest post by Ruben Corbo. If you are interested to guest post in this blog, just head over to the Guest Post Guidelines.
While browsing the Internet in a corner cafe or the local fast food joint might seem like a great way to pass the time, it’s important that a person understands that using public networks can come with serious security risks. Keep in mind that failing to secure the connection means that anyone else using the public network will be able to see all of your browsing activity. Even if you do something as simple as check your email, an identity thief will have access to any personal information that you store in your email account. Read on to find out how to secure your Internet browsing when you’re using a public network.
The most efficient way of securing Internet browsing on a public network is by setting up an encrypted proxy server. Considering the fact that millions of Americans have to deal with the aftermath of identity theft every year, adding some extra security to your computer while browsing away from home doesn’t seem like a bad idea.
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An proxy server is basically a barrier between you and anyone else accessing the public network. Instead of exposing your activity directly to other people using the network, your activity is filtered through the proxy. The encryption aspect increases security even more. All of the information that is passed back and forth between your computer and the proxy will be encrypted before it is sent. This means that plain text passwords and other sensitive information will be encrypted and end up looking like gibberish by the time a potential identity theft gets to see the information.
You need to have a computer located at home to pass the information back and forth between. This computer needs to be on at all times and connected via high speed Internet providers in order to be accessed when you are away from home.
The first step to setting up an encrypted proxy server is downloading a service that allows you to access the network on your home computer when you are away. Hamachi is a free program that provides this service. High speed Internet providers allow you to download and install this program quickly. After installing the program on both your home computer and your laptop, set up a private network with a secure username and password that only you know. The network will be set up on your home computer and accessed remotely on your laptop.
Next, you need to install an actual proxy service on your home computer. Privoxy is a free proxy service that fits this need. You will need to set up the proxy to use the IP address established when you installed Hamachi. This can be done under the configuration settings.
Finally, you need to make sure that your web browser is accessing information via the encrypted proxy server. Depending on the browser that you use, you may need to install another program to allow you to select the server you set up with Hamachi and Privoxy. To see if your browser is connecting to the Internet as intended, check the manual configuration settings. The IP address associated with your encrypted proxy server should be selected.
It may seem like a long process just to secure your browsing when you are away from home, but taking this extra step could easily keep you from suffering the consequences of identity theft. Many victims of identity theft simply took unnecessary risks with sensitive information while they were using the Internet. Make sure that all of the information you send online is only associated with safe, secure websites that use encryption for added security.
About the Auhor: This is a guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website Broadband Expert where you can find internet service providers in your area and compare prices on different deals for your mobile broadband needs.