Your Virtual Digital Body Guard: How to Create a Secure Digital Environment for Your Data


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Hotspot Shield appHotspot Shield VPN is the most essential security software you will ever install on any of your mobile devices… period.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have gone to a coffee house or hotel lobby and used a free Wi-Fi connection. I would think about how safe I felt believing that my mobile iOS device was free from being hacked. Logging onto websites without SSL encryption with “any” mobile device over a Wi-Fi signal is the worst thing that you can do anywhere, anytime. What is SSL you ask? SSL is short for Secure Sockets Layer. This is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client — typically a web server (website) and a browser; or a mail server and a mail client (e.g., Outlook).

SSL is standard on most financial websites. The SSL allows sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers and login credentials to be transmitted securely. Surprisingly, data sent between browsers and web servers can be sent in plain text. This can leave you vulnerable to digital eavesdropping. If hackers are able to intercept all data being sent between a browser and a web server, they can see and use your information. I am told by digital security industry expert Nick Stamos of nCrypted Cloud that even SSL can be at risk if SSL decryption technologies are employed, such as those from Websense. When utilizing cloud storage services like DropBox, Google Drive (coming soon) and SkyDrive (coming next year) I recommend using nCrypted cloud as your invisible bodyguard.

I refuse to let anyone snoop on my information regardless if I’m on free Wi-Fi or my own wireless signal. My three new favorite letters are “VPN” and they can now be found on up to 5 of my mobile devices. My VPN aka Virtual Private Network is powered with the Hotspot Shield by AnchorFree. They create a secure tunnel between your iOS/Android device and the Hotspot Shield servers. It secures your internet connection, your apps and web browsing session so that you maintain your privacy from any 3rd party tracking of your content. Surprisingly, this App has an un-noticeable draw on your device’s battery during use.

The Shield is Always Ready and Watching

Some additional unique features of the Hotspot Shield are the “Always on” privacy detection when the system recognizes when you need privacy and security. The application also enables HTTP(S) (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) browsing for all your apps, which makes all your apps as safe as your banking sites – including services like Skype, video sites and social networks. If you are not on an unlimited wireless data plan, Hotspot Shield helps by employing data compression, which will save bandwidth and money on your cell phone bill. This helps speed up slow connections and stretches the amount of data that you can use while both roaming and at home.

Most independent business professionals have many necessary tasks like marketing, compliance, privacy and security so that they can maintain the growth and viability of their businesses’. Being a business professional in the current age of quickly evolving mobile technology can be daunting. The security solution with Hotspot Shield is the missing link for the independent consultant. By integrating this transparent technology in all your devices, you can essentially, shield your data from financial tragedies. The Hotspot Shield is easy to install and can be found in iTunes and the Google play store as a free download with a free 7 day trial. In-app purchases are $4.95/month or $29.95/year.

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Bryan Mills

Financial Consultant by day and Technology enthusiast by night. Bryan’s tireless passion for “all things technology and gadgets” has evolved into his journalistic role as the founder of “AdvzrTek.” Power-Up for additional thoughts on technology to enhance your life and business.

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