Our thanks to F-Secure for sponsoring Let’s Talk Tech this month.

We are constantly connecting to public WiFi when we are out and about without realising that it is what it says it is – public. Although public WiFi is a very handy service, it can turn your device into an open book, meaning hackers can act as a ‘man in the middle’, positioning themselves on the network to intercept your internet traffic.

They can even set-up rogue WiFi hotspots that have convincing network names. You will notice nothing as you connect to the internet and use your device as normal. The aim of the hacker is to capture usernames and passwords of your social media, email accounts and bank details to exploit you.

Luckily, there is a solution! Simply encrypt your data by using a VPN (virtual private network) which comes in the form of an app for mobile devices or desktops.

Freedome VPN – a digital shield and total anonymity

A VPN is an encrypted tunnel that creates a secure connection between your device and the open network, making browsing online completely anonymous whilst keeping your personal data secure and out of reach from online criminals.

F-Secure Freedome is an award-winning* VPN app that encrypts all data, meaning it is irrelevant whether the public hotspot being used is rogue or is being snooped upon by a hacker – they still won’t be able to steal your data. Freedome also protects against harmful websites and commercial tracking cookies (that are designed to track your activities so they can build up a profile on you to sell to advertisers), keeping users anonymous and private online. It has been designed with the novice user in mind; simply working in the background.

F-Secure Freedome is different from other personal VPN services in that it is one of the few created by an internet security company — F-Secure has been creating security software for nearly 30 years.

For the discerning traveller – no geo-restrictions

With Freedome, users can set the virtual location of their phone, tablet or laptop. So, for example, you can keep your virtual location as the UK when you are travelling, thereby still affording you access to your online banking accounts or that video content which isn’t available when you’re outside the UK.

The kit and caboodle

Here is a breakdown of the key benefits of F-Secure Freedome:

  • Private & protected: Freedome protects privacy and anonymous while browsing the internet.
  • WiFi security: Connect to any hotspots (public or private) and surf carefree without exposing any traffic.
  • Elegant simplicity: Control online privacy and security with the push of a button (seriously, its one button).
  • Freedome tracking protection: VPN-based solution that protects against tracking. It encrypts all internet traffic and prevents you from going to any harmful sites containing malware or phishing your private data.

*F-Secure Freedome received the 2015 Mobile Ecosystem Forum award for Consumer Trust, confirming the app’s success in helping people control their online privacy.

Pricing and availability:

Available in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. Freedome is available from www.f-secure.com/freedome or can be directly downloaded from the Google Play and Apple Apps stores.

F-Secure Freedome is free for 14 days and prices start from £20.99 for a year.