Surf public WiFi networks safely. Use protection!
It has been said that using public WiFi hotspots is akin to shouting your data out loud..anybody who wants to listen..and take notes can. The best way to keep your private data from prying eyes..and ears..is to use protection.
There are dozens..maybe hundreds of services that offer to protect your Internet connection by encrypting all connections through a VPN but a new player on the block Spotflux from a New York City based developer is one of the simplest I have seen.
All you have to do is download the app to your windows PC or Mac (mobile version is coming) and once you have connected to a WiFi hotspot simply activate Spotflux and browse as you normally would. The service encrypts your internet traffic, blocks malware and viruses, and hides your IP location to keep you anonymous. This is a new service and when I tested it throughput was fine but, bandwidth can be the Achilles heel of services such as this..especially when they are free as is Spotflux..perhaps down the road I expect they will try to monetize it by adding a premium service.
In the meantime..Spotflux is free and has good bandwidth with no ads..so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try..you really should use some protection while using public WiFi and this service works for me.