Hello. Can I ask for some suggestions about VPN? I am a freelancer. Hence, I always work from home, coffee house and even hotels, connecting my device to the public WiFi hotspots. I need to transfer document, videos and other important files to my partners due to business reasons at any time. I must make sure that my communication is safe. I decide to purchase a VPN, but I have no idea which one I should choose. Need your tips for for VPNs on Public WiFi Hotspots. Thanks.
VPN is a useful service for Internet users. It protects your online activities and hides your real identity from on certain websites. With VPN service, you can use your company’s resource and have remote meeting with your staff freely and safely when you are on a business trip. When you are in a coffee house with your friend, you have to check an important email and deal with an emergency case. At that time, you have to connect your device to the public WiFi hotspots and start your work immediately. Be careful with public WiFi hotspots. Though they are free and convenient, you ought to note that the public WiFi hotspots have not been secured. Usually, free public hotspots do not encrypt your data and session online. Once you connect your device to those hotspots, the cyber criminals can snoop and steal your precious information. For example, they will steal your credit card or other bank card information while you do shopping online via the free public hotspots. When you share the confidential files with your boss at the airport, they will intercept the confidential information and sell it to the third party for illegal money. It really is a huge risk to use public WiFi hotspots. If you are always on a trip and need to handle case at any time, we suggest you use VPN service to encrypt network connection and protect your data. Not only for businessmen, you also need a VPN if you always do shopping online and use public WiFi hotspots frequently. The hackers can steal your money secretly without a network protection.
VPN means Virtual Private Network. It creates a secure and encrypted private tunnel in the public network. People outside the private network have no idea what you are doing and how fast your network is. Besides, it helps people bypass the Internet censorship and visit websites freely no matter where they are located. For example, American, British and people from other countries go to China for business or political trip. They go to the airport, coffee house, hotels and restaurant. The can connect to the network easily as public WiFi hotspots are common there. However, they still think it’s very inconvenient to access websites they want in China. The fact is that people in China are not able to access Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube because the Great Firewall blocks those websites. If you go to China without a VPN service, you will not be able to check your Gmail or search for information on Google. You can’t post or read any message on Facebook or Twitter like you have been isolated from the outside world. You even can’t watch some videos to relax yourself on YouTube after a hard day at work. That is horrible.
Selecting a proper VPN service on Public WiFi Hotspots is not easy task. If you know little about VPN, we suggest you contact a computer expert for help. First of all, the VPN service must encrypt your data and hide your real IP very well when connecting to the public WiFi. It must help you hide from ISPs, network admins, hackers or other prying eyes. In the second place, it must be stable and fast. You will not be willing to wait for a lone time to load a website when using a VPN. Someone may prefer to choose the cheap VPN to save money. However, you may find that it works slowly and errors occur all the time. You may purchase a monthly plan, but it only works for 20 days in total. You need to know that the expensive one has its reason. In the third place, your VPN for Public WiFi Hotspots must be compatible with your device. It’s necessary to contact their agents to make sure that it will work on your device. Do not spend money on a plan which is not useful for you.
Important things you need to keep in mind when selecting a VPN service
Tips for VPN users in China
1. Select the dedicated and optimized one for China.
2. Stealth Servers near China like in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan etc. should be your first choice. It will bring you less latency and better connection performance.
3. It must be a reliable VPN, because fighting GFW is not easy and many VPN services give up. Do not purchase one just because it is cheap. Otherwise, you will lose more. Besides, no free VPN service or other free tools are stable. Too many limits will help you a lot. One day they might work and the other day you don’t get the access because they get blocked by GFW.
4. Pre-buying research is very necessary. If you bought one in a rush, you would meet many problems and find that it is not what you want.
5. Connection will not always be stable and fast in China due to strict filtering y GFW
How VPN works while you are trying to access a website?
In order to let you know the functions of VPN, let’s talk about how it works in detail. You run VPN and click on link you want to visit. The browser sends encrypted your account & password and request to your VPN service first. Then, VPN service decrypts the communication and sends it to the targeted website. After the website receives data, it generates session cookie and send it to your VPN service. VPN encrypts the session data it received and then sends it back to your device. In this way, you can view the website you like after your browser received the session cookie. You may think that the process is too complicated and it will take a long time before you can access the targeted website. In fact, everything we mentioned above happens at an amazing and unbelievable speed. In the blink of an eye your request will be sent and everything will respond. Your Internet connection is secure, encrypted and extremely fast with VPN service.
Problems that you may meet while using VPN service
Problem 1: I can connection VPN service via 4G mobile data on my phone, but I can’t connect it via WiFi hotspot? I saw WIFi signal bar there while it still used my mobile data.
The problem may be that WiFi hotspot sets limits on VPN connection. NAT of VPN, namely PPTP/L2TP has been limited. WiFi hotspot refuses to transfer your data to the VPN service.
Problem 2: I failed to visit some regular websites after I turned off VPN. I could access those websites before I first used VPN. I am a Chinese user and I use VPN service to access Facebook, Twitter and watch Youtube. Now, I can’t visit my favorite Chinese websites in a normal way. I have to run VPN so that I can access them.
Firstly, there may be something wrong with your routing tables. Check your default route and VPN gateway.
Secondly, your DNS may have been hijacked. Check your DNS and scan your computer for malicious programs
Thirdly, it may be the mechanism network problem or Internet proxy. Check your Internet settings.
Fourthly, it may be caused by non-normal exit. Next time, remember quit it in a normal way.
Problem 3: I can’t access local area network after I connect to VPN.
It may be caused by IP address conflict. Check your network line and correct the settings. Find your original gateway address via command.
Problems 4: Why I have blue screen after I run VPN?
Probably, your drive is not compatible with the VPN service you use. Besides, some anti-virus programs, game protection drive and bank security controls will bring blue screen when you use VPN.
In a word, there are many things you need to learn before purchasing a VPN on Public WiFi Hotspots. There are lots of VPNs for you out there. You have to pick the perfect one and have it work effectively. If you still have questions about VPN Public WiFi Hotspots, welcome to contact online experts. At the same time, many people have problems in setting up VPN after they bought one. Many VPNs provide setup wizard which help you use VPN easily. However, some VPNs do not provide the wizard or they only provide wizard for the popular operating systems. If you use system that people rarely use, no wizard is available for you. You have to do it all by yourself. If you get stuck in VPN setup, contact us for help!
Kindly Reminder: If you have any question regarding how to Set up VPN on your device, please live chat with YooCare online expert for help.
Published by Emerson L. Sullivan, last updated on January 18, 2017 1:34 pm | How to set up VPN