Although it’s becoming easier to log into the internet, it’s also becoming dangerous and if you’re asking why? Here is your answer; while you’re surfing the internet at the mall or at a café using their WiFi connection, you’re vulnerable to attack from a bad guy on the same network you’re using. That guy can sniff the packages (passwords, bank account, etc.) sent from your device, and if you think that it’s hard to do so, well no, it’s all done using a simple software.
Now, you must be wondering about how you could overcome this problem as you can’t stop using the public WiFi because you want to save some bandwidth. There are many things you can do to protect your privacy and keep the bad guys away; in this step by step tutorial we shall use a free Google Chrome extension that will protect you from the sniffers at the café by encrypting all of your browser data.
Step 1: First, open an empty tab in Google Chrome and lick on the App tab.
Step 2: Click on the Web Store at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: In the search box type “ZenMate”.
Step 4: ZenMate will appear in the test results, lick on the blue “+free” tab to install and add it to your Google Chrome extensions.
Step 5: After finishing, a new tab will open where you should enter your email to start, notice the shield icon that appeared on the top right corner of the chrome screen. It’s blue which mean that you’re not yet protected.
Step 6: After entering your email and click on the green “Get secured now” tab, the blue shield will turn green which means that you’re protected.
Step 7: If you’re wondering how you would be sure that you’re protected, simply visit (whatismyip.com). You’d find that you’re from Zurich, Switzerland which is not the country you’re actually in now.
Step 8: You can always change the IP, by clicking the green icon then going to settings and changing the country.
Now, you can enjoy any public WiFi while keeping your important data private and secured through the encryption made by this Chrome extension, of course this only works with Chrome web store compatible operating systems.
With ZenMate you can also bypass blocked websites such as Netflix, all for the cost of nothing! In our previous article on how to surf the Internet anonymously, we did a piece on Hola Better Internet. Now with ZenMate, you can pick whichever works well for you.