After all, if everyone is out to get you, paranoia is your only friend. Here’s yet another way to add a new level of security to your Mac– an impenetrable tunnel to keep out hackers, snoopers, and the NSA.
Your Virtual Private Network
The problem with using the internet today is security. Your Mac may be relatively secure, but using Wi-Fi on the go, a hotel’s network, an office network could expose your Mac to intruders.
One way to prevent access is with a virtual private network which adds another layer of security to your Mac when it’s connected to the internet.
Hotspot Shield is a VPN app for your Mac which connects your computer to the internet with an encrypted tunnel, shutting out access by anyone else on your network.
VPN access comes with certain benefits. For example, if the office or your coffee shop’s Wi-Fi blocks YouTube or Facebook, Hotspot Shield gets you connected.
While you browser the web your local IP address is protected and hidden. And, your online activities are more difficult to monitor by advertisers.
The app creates an encrypted tunnel between your Mac and the Hotspot Shield servers, so web sites don’t know where you really are (or your true IP address). It’s also a great way to access U.S. content sites (HULU, Netflix, YouTube, et al) from outside the U.S.
Setup is simple. Click to connect. Click to disconnect from the VPN.
Establishing that extra layer of security to your Mac couldn’t be much easier. And cheaper, at least with the ad-free version of Hotspot Shield.
Caveats? A few. The ads displayed in the browser can be annoying, but at least they cannot be traced specifically to your Mac. The Elite ad-free option isn’t expensive, though.
Because the VPN connection is encrypted it’s likely you’ll notice that websites render more slowly, and downloads are slower, too. If you use Hotspot Shield all the time it can be setup to startup automatically, otherwise, it requires a click to activate each time.