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Master Your Mac by Matt Cone

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Chapter 29. Encrypting Your Mac’s Internet Connection

Public wireless networks provide a free and convenient way to access the Internet with your Mac. At least that’s the public’s perception of the thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots available at cafés, libraries, and universities around the world. From a criminal’s perspective, however, these open networks present a ripe opportunity to collect a wealth of personally identifiable information. Easy-to-use software tools allow practically anyone in a café—including the person sitting right next to you—to capture the unencrypted usernames, passwords, email messages, and credit card numbers you enter on websites while using the public wireless network.[5]

You can protect your personal information on public ...

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