How to find the best public WiFi and connect your Android safely
July 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
More and more establishments are aiming to offer a WiFi service to his clients. At first they were libraries, hotels, coffee shops; Today there are already shopping centers, buses, squares and entire neighborhoods that offer Internet connection. However, these types of networks are not always efficient or secure. We review a series of possibilities to find the best network and use it without risking our private data.
Although the European Union wants to eliminate the roaming, we still face a situation in which navigating through neighboring countries using the mobile connection can lead to significant expenses in the monthly invoice. However, a skilled traveler can take advantage of WiFi networks to avoid excessive data consumption and, at the same time, enjoy the essential tools that now a mobile or tablet, plus Internet, gives us when it comes to making the most of almost any experience.
The first two tools that we present here will help us choose one efficient network and the third will shield to a large extent the connection to avoid unwanted mishaps. A public network is never completely secure, but we can always minimize risks.
Speed Test Plus
Of course, we cannot miss the opportunity to recommend one of the most popular creations of the group ADSLZone.
Yes, kindly, the manager or waiter of a local gives us the key to your WiFi before making a consumption (after all it is part of the product), our Speed Test will show us whether or not it is worth staying to take something on the site while we carry out the searches we need, let's talk to the contacts , send an email, upload photos, etc. A good connection it will save us time to perform all these tasks and it is not pleasant to end up desperate for the slow network in what should be a pleasant trance.
We will not always be lucky enough for someone to allow us to test the quality of their WiFi before asking for a coffee or a beer. This app gives us the possibility measure the power of certain networks within a specific range.
The problem is that it is a somewhat more app cumbersome that the previous one and the interface is not so intuitive. Still, if we are in an area where there are several cafes or shops with WiFi zone, WiFi Analyzer We will launch a graph with the different networks so that we can choose with the certainty that we will have a decent connection.
As we mentioned at the beginning, of a public connection we can never expect it to be completely safe and it is better to distrust those networks that do not even have a password: it is not simply our Privacy (conversations, etc.) which may end up exposed, but there are also ways to access information about Credit cards and other payment systems.
TunnelBear VPN will give us the option to create Virtual Private Networks from a Local Network, and even connect to servers Proxy (as if we were in another country) in case we are in areas that have blocked access to certain websites.