Google Offers Secure WiFi VPN
from the just-like-that dept
For years and years we’ve been wondering why the market for WiFi VPNs was so small. By now, most people should know that WiFi isn’t the most secure connection, but that a VPN can encrypt and protect most of your data. In fact, for a while, it seemed like the only player in the space was HotSpotVPN — who offered a service for $9/month. I use it (and am using it right now, in fact), but it’s always seemed like a space that could use some more entrants. A few months ago, JiWire got into the act as well, but it still seemed pretty small time. Now, apparently, that market is going to be shaken up. Someone who prefers to remain anonymous just pointed out that Google is now offering what appears to be their own wireless VPN offering. However, unlike these other offerings, Google’s VPN offering is going to be free. Of course, how long will it be until the conspiracy theorists start screaming about this one? I’m willing to bet that Google is being “non-evil” about this, but someone is going to complain that this means Google can see where your surfing, since your connection will run through their VPN system. Either way, assuming it works, it’s great to have a free VPN solution out there that can encrypt data while surfing WiFi.