That also means those of nefarious character with unscrupulous technical skills are trying day and night to hack their way into your Mac. It’s bad enough when your Mac is hooked up to a home or office network, but it gets worse when you and your trusty Mac hit the road to use public Wi-Fi. Here’s a way to protect yourself.
Not Free, But Safer
If you’re at all like the average Mac user then you know there are times when you hit the streets and need to connect to the internet via public Wi-Fi.
It might be the free Wi-Fi at McDonald’s or the shopping mall, but free Wi-Fi is enticing. Both for you and thieves.
I know of a dozen or so online security services which help to secure your Mac when you’re at home or office, but especially when you’re using public Wi-Fi where you never know who’s trying to connect to your Mac.
The one I’ve been trying for a few weeks is called Cloak. The app is free and there’s a 30-day trial to use the service, but after that there’s a charge to connect.
What does Cloak do? It creates a secure connection between your Mac and wherever you connect on the internet. It still uses the public Wi-Fi, but the secure connection makes it nearly impossible for the aforementioned thieves to hack into your Mac.
Your Mac keeps an encrypted connection which bypasses the less secure local Wi-Fi network while using the network to connect to remote sources. Ipso facto ergo– hacking your Mac is really tough to do.
The way Cloak works is much like how other similar apps and services work. You pay by how much bandwidth you use, so plans give you x-number of gigabytes for so much money. Some have plans with unlimited data for a single monthly fee, so you really only pay for about what you need.
In this case, Cloak offers a 30-day free trial. In my experience some services work better than others. For example, if a service is too popular, the connection to the internet may be slow.