Protecting Yourself on Campground Wifi

A lot of people use campground wifi, and while it can work, it’s not usually the best situation. As you can see below, a website can determine your IP address, what your approximate location is, and what internet provider you are using to get there.


Most of the time, no one really cares what information they are putting out there for others to see. However, since full time RVers are changing locations often, that means accessing different public wifi networks often, and putting yourself at risk.

Because of the security issue, I recently installed Private Internet Access VPN.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. Basically, you connect to the internet through the service and then out to the greater internet. That way when you connect to a site or service, the VPN shows your IP address so you can avoid giving away too much information about your computer. It also tunnels through the wifi network making it more difficult to hack into your computer while on public wifi.

VPNs are also known for avoiding piracy watchers and changing your location so you can access sites that may be banned in your country. In the US, this isn’t really a problem, but some countries block a large amount of websites to keep their populace uninformed about the outside world.

As for piracy, well, that’s your own issue to deal with. We do not condone or encourage pirating anything.

If you do get VPN service through Private Internet Access, we will get a percentage of your payment, though it doesn’t change how much you pay. I have been on the pay-per-month plan so far, but I will be upgrading to the yearly or even two-year plan.

Private Internet Access VPN also allows you to connect up to five devices at a time to service, so having a laptop, smart phones, and tablets connected at once should not be a problem.

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