Should We VPN All Connections?
from the sounds-good-to-me dept
I’ve been having this discussion with people for nearly two years now, wondering why more people aren’t aware of the general dangers of data traveling across a wireless network. While there are plenty of stories about security problems with WiFi, they tend to focus on the wrong thing. The real issue is that anyone else on the same network can easily access any data traveling through the network that isn’t encrypted. The most basic solution to this is to use a VPN – and now some are predicting that VPN use is going to spread so that it isn’t just for corporate computers logging on from outside the corporate network but for all data transmissions between computers. I think this is a great idea, and am honestly quite surprised that there haven’t been more efforts to offer personal VPN products to encrypt all data flows. Right now, if you don’t have a corporate VPN or don’t want to set up a VPN yourself (no fun task), you’re left with few reasonable options for the everyday user. Boingo, the WiFi aggregator offers a VPN service on top of their WiFi subscription plan, but that only makes sense if you’re traveling and using Boingo WiFi hotspots on a regular basis. There’s also HotSpotVPN, which is a great idea – but at nearly $9/month probably too costly for your average non-business user. I’m surprised that (as far as I know) no one else has come out with a basic VPN offering for the home user. It seems like the sort of thing that a Symantec or a ZoneAlarm (or even a Microsoft) would want to offer. Better yet, why wouldn’t an ISP offer it? All your data is already going through their machines, so why not VPN the connection?