Protect your personal information on public Wi-Fi with Cloak for Mac and iOS
Open wireless hotspots are growing all across the globe. In the United States public Wi-Fi can now be found in most coffee shops, fast food joints like McDonald’s, and most major hotel chains. Wireless carriers in the US have also been building out public Wi-Fi hotspots in high-traffic areas like Times Square to offload the data usage from their wireless 3G or 4G networks, easing the congestion. Every day people seek out these networks to get online and be able to squeeze in some work, study, or leisure time on the web.
As innocuous as these public hotspots seem, don’t be fooled, there’s a darker side to using these access points. With the absence of any security on these networks, your smartphone, tablet, or laptop is now on the same network – MAC and IP address visible to everyone – as hackers who would love nothing more than to get a hold of the information on your device. User ID’s, passwords, credit card info, and any other sensitive information on your device is now up for grabs given the right hacker.
Cloak for Mac and iOS is a brand new application that hides – or cloaks – your computer from malicious hackers when using a public Wi-Fi access point. Currently in beta, Cloak is a small, simple to use application that is downloaded to your Mac or iOS device and when activated, will make sure that your device – and the information on it – is safe from the bad guys who would love nothing more than to drain your bank account.
Developed by Bourgeios Bits, a new startup from three former Microsoft employees, Cloak offers a simple solution to an often-ignored problem. It may seem odd there’s no Windows solution considering the founder’s background at Microsoft, however, these former Microsoft developers worked on the Mac software side of the house at Microsoft.
Cloak is free to download, and free to use up to 2 hours per month or 1 GB of data traffic, whichever comes first. Heavy public Wi-Fi users will want to look into Cloak’s Productive or Powerful plans, starting at only $8 per month (or less than two cups of coffee at the Starbucks that may turn into a much more costly disaster using their public Wi-Fi without it).
Not convinced you need Cloak yet, check out this video below showing how easy of a target you become for hackers over public Wi-Fi. Then head over to Cloak’s website to get signed up for your own account.