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Wifi Security For Android
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Wifi Security for Android

If you use wifi internet frequently, you should be aware of the risks involved. Though this is generally not a problem, and most people don't actually know about these risks, you might think twice about using shared networks without some sort of protection after reading this article. Wifi security for Android and other smartphones is important for your online identity, and your data protection.

Using a shared network means that you and the other users on the network enter an agreement. It's like living in the same house, but in different rooms. You're all under one roof, and though you can't see each other (virtually, I mean), you're there.

Packet sniffing is a kind of software designed to maintain network integrity. By monitoring all traffic over a network (ingoing and outgoing), packet sniffing software can detect 'bottlenecks', or places of traffic congestion in order to improve it. I can also detect malware or malfunctions in network software. Unfortunately, it can also be used to monitor you.

If you're at work using company internet and you're boss or IT guy uses this stuff, it's not a big deal. You should be working anyway - not on your Facebook account. But if you're in a shared network at your local cafe, or worse, at an airport or hotel (how many rooms are in a hotel?), any one of those other people on the network could be watching your traffic. They're most likely going to be watching everyone's, looking for key 'packets' to grab and decode. These would be passwords and other identification credentials.

Like I said, I don't want this article to be a scare tactic to get you to get some wifi security software, but the truth is that there are millions of people that are affected by identity theft every year, and much of this is from the internet. Also, a large percentage of people don't find out that they've been a victim until several months down the road - sometimes even years. Plus, there are thousands on thousands of 'zombie computers' that are slaves to spam and other malware. You put yourself at risk for these types of crime when you use your real IP address on unsecured networks.

Your IP address is the key to your identity online. When you hide your IP address, you hide your identity. There are different methods of doing this, but by far, the most reliable is called a virtual private network. It's a network of servers that uses data encryption and 'VPN tunneling' to securely transport your information you put on the web from your actual location, to a private location (of your choice), thus changing your IP and identity online. This kind of software is often referred to as anonymous VPN software, or 'anonymous surfing software' because it makes you anonymous while connected to the internet.


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