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Surf Blocked Sites on Public Wifi

The internet is everywhere! Yeah, it sounds like the premise of a crazy sci-fi flick from the 1920's, but it's true. The internet is all around us, and it's closing in fast. Fortunately for us, this is good news. While just 20 years go it seemed like dial up was the thing and you had to pay huge monthly payments for cable or satellite internet, now you can find it all over the place for FREE. Heck, I think that in a few years, that cities will provide free internet for everyone and just take it out of our taxes. But is sharing internet with other people all fun and games?

As you could probably tell by my ominous tone in the first paragraph, NO, it is not all fun and games. There are some issues with public wifi. The main one, that this article is about, is the problem of what can be accessed on shared internet. The other thing is a privacy issue, but that's to be discussed at another place and another time.

There is some weird stuff on the internet. I don't even want to mention any of it for fear that my article may turn up on some perverts search results page, but use your imagination. Two ladies and a drinking container come to mind.

So there are definitely going to be some limits to what can and can't be accessed on shared internet. Sure, you can access company wifi on your private phone, but Facebook is blocked, so what good does that do you? And yeah, Starbucks has free wifi, but at the same time, you can't get to that funny picture site you love because they feature questionable material sometimes. Even piggybacking off of someone else's wifi that lives in your building and forgot to set a password can bring some interesting surprises.

Get to the point. How do we surf blocked sites on public wifi?

With a proxy or a VPN.

Proxies are good because they don't have to be installed, there are free ones, and you can use them to browse without any commitment. Find one, forget it, then use a different one next time.

VPNs are good for real privacy and security. If you're worried that someone may be spying on your information while you use the shared network, use a VPN. If you're going to be doing banking stuff on a network you can't be sure of the integrity of, use a VPN. If you use programs other than the browser while connected to the internet, use VPN.

Both proxies and VPNs are good when you want to surf blocked sites. In general, proxies are low commitment, low cost, and low maintenance. VPNs on the other hand take a bit more work on your part, but provide better service and benefits.


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