Public Wi-Fi networks are always a risky ordeal. You’re sending all of your data over an unsecured network, and if anyone wanted to intercept that data, it really isn’t that hard. Most people don’t think about it, but it’s a substantial security risk.
Verizon is trying to combat that with a new feature called Safe Wi-Fi. This feature is basically a VPN that is only enabled when you connect to public Wi-Fi networks. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, encrypts all data so no one can intercept it. This means that all your traffic will be safe from prying eyes and targeted advertising.
Safe Wi-Fi is an additional cost to your account but it only costs $3.99 a month and can be used on up to 10 devices. Unfortunately, it’s not active on public WiiFi networks, so if you really value privacy, you may want to sign up for a full blown VPN.
Verizon also announced a new promo for prepaid accounts. You can now have four lines on Verizon Prepaid for $100 a month. The Prepaid Family Account already applies a discount on top of the $40 a month individual prepaid lines, but this new promo takes another $30 a month off to bring it down to just $100.