When it comes to surfing the internet when you’re on the go or even just lounging on the couch at home, you have two main options. You can either connect your mobile device, whether it’s an Apple device, any of the many Android-powered tablets and smartphones, or even a Windows device, using a 3G connection or a local Wi-Fi network.
But which type of connection is most secure, and which one will be more likely to provide you with the protection you need against hackers who are trying to access your sensitive data? If you’re using your tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices to access the internet on a regular basis for work, pleasure, banking, or school, you definitely want to be aware of the risks involved, as well as be educated on how to reduce or eliminate those risks altogether.
This will keep your personal information private, just as it should remain, and you’ll be able to surf the internet with ease and confidence, no matter where you go.
Below is a look at the pros and cons associated with surfing the internet using either 3G or Wi-Fi connections. Read on to determine what method makes you feel safer so that you can browse the internet more securely from now on.
3G Connectivity and Security
A 3G connection is only available to those subscribers who have paid their mobile service providers a regular fee to access a 3G network. The great thing about 3G is the fact that it gives any user the ability to access the internet no matter where he goes, even if there are no Wi-Fi networks available.
Data that’s transmitted over a 3G network is encrypted. This means that the data is scrambled so that it cannot easily be read by just anyone. Hackers who are really motivated to get your information will need to learn how to decode the encryption, and this process takes a lot of time, effort, and money to do. Therefore, you can generally rest assured that your data will be safe as long as you are operating your mobile device over a 3G network. Obviously, there are still some risks involved, but they are generally low enough that they should not keep you from enjoying and using the internet wherever you wish.
Wi-Fi Networks and Security
Public, unsecured Wi-Fi networks tend to be less secure than 3G networks because they’re not password protected. If you’re using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, such as those in popular cafes and retail locations, your data isn’t encrypted, although these hotspots do tend to have a firewall to prevent outsiders from accessing the network. The reason that these public Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t encrypted is because the owners of these establishments would need to give out a password for consumers to access the network each and every time they want to do so.
In order to avoid this hassle, public Wi-Fi networks don’t require a password to access them and, in doing so, they make your information vulnerable to others who are on the network at the same time.