Sunday, March 11, 2012

VPN for Secure iPhone and iPad

For some reason I've never been a fan of setting up automatic bill payments from our checking account. We currently receive all of our bills, except 2, via email and pay them all online with our bank and PayPal apps on the iPhone and iPad. This should make paying bills fairly easy while traveling, as long as we have wifi. From doing a little research, it appears that most hostels and apartments-for-rent have wifi and various other locations. The issue is, public wifi can leave your financial info more vulnerable to online theft of information.

I was looking for a way to help secure that important information while using public wifi. VPN Fire is a product that has gotten a lot of good reviews. The Virtual Private Network (VPN) gives you a new ip address and provides secure encrypted communication to their servers. The app is very easy to download, set-up is easy, and easy to turn on or off when not needed. You pay by buying various subscription packages. It seems fairly inexpensive for the amount of data we plan to use. Also, since the ip address assigned makes you anonymous, you can access sites blocked by the network you are on or the country you are in. This makes it popular for school kids who want to go to sites that the school's network blocks and for people in countries that block certain sites (eg. China). Although most financial and email sites offer varying degrees of security on their own, if you ever check your back account or pay bills at Starbucks, you may want to check out VPN Fire. - M