Verizon has launched a new product called Safe Wi-Fi, a VPN that provides a security gadget for its mobile customers logging into a public network. It is also marketed as a way to block advertising.
So WTF is a VPN and why is it important? A VPN is a virtual private network. It's located between a device in front of you and a server in a datacenter. Think of it as a tunnel that hides or hides your Internet traffic from other people on your local network. The open Wi-Fi in your local café can allow advertisers and shameful types to track your IP address. A VPN establishes a secure connection between you and the server and hides the IP address from prying eyes.
Secure Wi-Fi (see video below) costs $ 3.99 per account per month and is available to Verizon customers on Android and Android iOS. Safe Wi-Fi covers up to 1
Verizon customers can log in to My Verizon and subscribe to the [Products] and Apps page to scroll to Safe Wi-Fi and then click "Download Now". The Safe Wi-Fi feature will be added to your account. Customers can download the Safe Wi-Fi app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store on their device, and then follow the on-screen instructions to sign up for a one-month free offer.
Users can use the "Ad Tracker Blocker" within the Safe Wi-Fi settings. The Ad Tracker Blocker prevents customers from searching the Internet to search the network on the network, and displays the ads generated by the downloaded apps on the device according to the Verizon FAQ page. In some cases, ads are completely blocked to prevent ad trackers from working. A gray image will replace the display on the screen, says Verizon.
Sites that require ad-trackers may be blocked, according to the company.
It's important to remember that a VPN does not completely eliminate the risk. As TechCrunch reporter Romain Dillet notes, the risk is in the VPN tunnel. The person running the server can see all unencrypted traffic. For example, VPN companies can examine a customer's browsing habits and sell them to advertisers.
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