If you are like me and make a living out of being online, finding a free WiFi connection when traveling may feel like discovering water in the desert. There are over 50 million WiFi hotspots out there and reaching your “one in a million” means that you can finally update your loved ones or send precious information to business partners.
However, connecting to a public WiFi network can be quite the curse in disguise, since it allows others to snoop into your online activity as well. Don’t think that a hotspot in a very well-known café, hotel, airport, guarantees any form of protection. You’re still handing hackers important emails, credit card information and even security credentials, on a silver platter.
What do I do?
As some of you may know, I manage my own business, a digital media company that I started from scratch, completely remotely, from my laptop. Which means that when there is no safer solution at hand, I have to connect to a public WiFi hotspot. This makes me vulnerable to all sorts of attacks.
So what’s the solution? Should we no longer connect to public WiFis?
That’s really not an option when I’m in a rush and wanna connect „right here, right now” to get the job done. Since I’m not a tech-savvy guy, I like to look for the simplest solutions out there. So I discovered that using a virtual private network (VPN) connection will do the trick, by fully anonymizing my online activity.
How does a VPN help me?
Through a technology called “encryption”, no hacker will get access to personal information including email accounts, Facebook or Instagram profiles or credit card details. Sounds like rocket science, doesn’t it?
Well, it doesn’t have to if you opt for an easy and complete VPN solution. I personally chose CyberGhost because it lets me secure my WiFi connection through 1 click or tap on the screen, on any of my devices. What’s even better is that the app remembers the WiFis I connect to and my default preferences, so I don’t have to repeat them every time.
There is more to a VPN than just the possibility to browse safely and anonymously. The app from CyberGhost includes other services for travelers.
For instance, if I find myself in a country where social media is banned, by clicking on the Unblock Basic Websites profile, I get free access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, among many others. As a blogger, I need permanent, unrestricted access to all of these.
I can also Unblock Streaming if I don’t want to miss the latest from my favorite shows or sports events. This makes me feel at home wherever I am.
But the cherry on top to me is the fact that when I use a VPN such as CyberGhost I get to save money. I don’t always find a public WiFi to connect to and sometimes use my own mobile data, which the app compresses so that I never use more than I have to.
The privacy challenge
During my trips around the world, I’ve been to both under-the-radar as well as tourist-friendly locations. While the more popular destinations have their charm, I must admit that I’ve always had a soft spot for off-the-grid getaways. These locations make room for more self-discovery and less socialization.
If you want to discover such a “vanishing point”, you can take part in the contest launched by CyberGhost, since traveling and VPN go hand in hand. It’s really easy to participate. Simply create an account and vote for your favorite from the shortlist of 8 locations, here :
- Easter Islands, Chile
- Dracula’s Castle, Romania
- Amazon Rainforest
- Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, Iceland
- Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
- Indian Ghost Town of Bhangarh – Ajabgarh, Rajasthan
- Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia
- Ko Khai, Thailand
Get more chances of winning a trip to the most voted off-the-radar destination by scoring extra points. You can get these by sharing your choice on social media or by downloading the VPN app for free.
Good luck! I’m really curious to see which destination will be voted as the world’s no. 1 vanishing point.