It seems like even the local gas station offers free WiFi nowadays. While this is great news for our data plans, this free connectivity does have a downside: It can leave your private data and digital activity exposed. When it comes to browsing the internet on an unsecure connection—like the WiFi at cafés and hotels—you should be using a VPN.

What’s a VPN?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) turns an unsecure public network into a secure private network by encrypting all the data sent and received from a connected device, ensuring that all browsing activity is safe and private. Without one, any motivated, tech-savvy person who’s connected to the same public network as you could use basic hacking tools to view all of your internet activity. This includes any sites that you visit or any information you submit online, like your username and password combinations.

Using Dashlane’s VPN

Dashlanes VPN for WiFi Protection

Your Dashlane app has a built-in VPN. Turn on Dashlane’s VPN after you connect to an unsecure public network, anywhere in the world, and all of your online activity will be encrypted to ensure your personal information is safe and private. When you’re done, you can tap it off and rest easy knowing your private data is still private.

Staying safe by using a VPN is a great way to get started on your path to securing your online life.

Have other technical questions about Dashlane’s VPN? We answered FAQs here.

Learn how to get started with Dashlane’s VPN on any device here!.

This feature is available to all Dashlane Premium customers.