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How to Stay Safe When Connected to Wi-Fi on a Bus

You can’t always fly. Cheap airlines like Ryanair are still expensive at times. Buses? They tend to keep the same prices all year round. And some of the most popular bus companies such as Flixbus offer Wi-Fi on their buses.

Whether you are going to a different country on a bus or whether you are taking a bus to the airport, we live in a world where any major bus company will offer Wi-Fi.

“FREE WI-FI! WOOOO!” But how do you stay safe when connected to Wi-Fi on a bus? That’s what people don’t ask because most people are too occupied with the fact they have a stable connection that works better than data on their phone.

You won’t care about your safety until it’s too late.

You aren’t automatically safe when connected to Wi-Fi on a bus. And it’s not because of a bus company. They want to offer you a service that makes your life easier. But like with Starbucks, while they open Wi-Fi makes your life easier, you are at risk of losing private information such as payment information or passwords to your social media.

The reason behind it is simple. You are open. Other people around you can see what sites you are assessing without a huge problem. It often just takes a simple app. No real skill required. Just some Google. And we all know that isn’t hard to do.

So How Do You Stay Safe When Connected to Wi-Fi on a Bus?

You either don’t use it, use it and take the risk, or you protect yourself.

The first two options, no need to explain them. The last? It’s the best, it requires some work, but it’s simple.

Use a Virtual Private Network

A virtual private network is also known as a VPN. It’s virtual and private. But what does that mean?

It means that everything that you do goes through a virtual network which is encrypted. In the case of PrivateVPN, PrivateVPN uses AES 256. You probably also don’t know what means. Otherwise, you would be using a VPN already. So to make things simple, just know that PrivateVPN provides you with the same level of security as employed by the US government.

Since the network is also virtual, it doesn’t matter where you are going on your bus. You can pass from Italy to France while being connected to the American servers at all times. Or any other server that we offer. And we provide servers in 56 different locations.

Why would you want to connect to a server in a different country than you are right now? As then you can access the content that that country offers. For instance, if you connect to a server in the UK, you can access the BBC iPlayer which you can’t if you were outside of the UK.

So whether you want to access servers in Vietnam or Australia, you can, without any interruption, well, unless you are driving under mountains in tunnels where your bus Wi-Fi probably won’t work.

How to set up PrivateVPN?

It’s simple. Probably simpler than retrieving access to your account on any site when you forget your password.

  • Go to our website which you are already on if reading this. Click the Buy button at the top-right corner of our site.
  • Provide all the details needed. The plan that you want. Password. Email. The method of payment that you desire. And don’t worry, you can get a full refund if you find our service of not good enough value, although would disagree about that.
  • You then need to download the app. For that go into the Download section at the bottom of our page or simply search for PrivateVPN in your app store.
  • After you download the app, log in with your details.
  • Lastly, select the server that suits your needs, regardless of whatever country you are in, and enjoy being secure.

And if you are having any problems, contact our customer service. We have been chosen as the best VPN provider for 2018 when it comes to customer service by vpnMentor.

Written by Michael Smolski.