With the availability of a vast variety of public Wi-Fi hotspots, people have started using the internet in public places more than in their homes. Most of the famous hotels, restaurants, cafes already offer free Wi-Fi services to their customers, and now, the government has also announced that the free Wi-Fi services under the Metro Wi-Fi Program will be provided very soon at the public places in the major cities, i.e., Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan.
A question which arises in mind here is that is it safe to connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot and browse the web, check our private emails, check bank account and use chatting services? What if someone steals our password?
When we use the internet on a public Wi-Fi, our Internet activities are tracked due to security purposes, but this system sometimes also saves our private passwords. Thanks to technologies such as the Virtual Private Networking solutions that we can now safely use the internet on public Wi-Fi to avoid getting tracked.
Of course, there is a large variety of VPN services available on the web, but they are not safe, and some of them are very expensive, they also sometimes track the information. So, the best way to browse the web safely on a public Wi-Fi is to create your own VPN system.
How to build your own VPN for public Wi-Fi
Things you’ll need:
- A VPN-enabled router
- A dynamic DNS
- OpenVPN app on your smartphone
There are a lot of routers available in the market, but make sure that you purchase the one which supports built-in VPN service. The second step is to set it up, which is very simple. Just enter your credentials provided by your ISP to connect it.
Now, go to DynDNS website and sign up for a Dynamic DNS. Enter the dynamic DNS into your router and click on VPN. Please note that these features are different, based on which router you are using.
The router will ask you to enter usernames and passwords; you can create up to 16 accounts. After you are done, enter these credentials into your OpenVPN app on your smartphone, and you’re ready to go!
For enhanced security, use Avira antivirus. You can also use other antivirus services if you want, but Avira has a technology which works with VPN very well.