1. iMore Question's Avatar
    If I'm using my phone in a public place that has unlocked wi-fi. And I us my phone on it's LTE net work connection (Verizon) and I don't connect to the open wi-fi connection. A'm I as safe. Is the LTE connection as good as a VPN? Can I use the open wi-fi with a VPN and be safe? Other words, is the LTE on my phone as good as a VPN or do I need both?
    05-23-2016 03:18 PM
  2. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Are you asking if LTE is safe, or open wifi?
    05-23-2016 05:09 PM
  3. Ariel Babalao's Avatar
    LTE connection is provided to you by your carrier and it's broadcasted to you by the air signals via cell towers. Depend on the level of security you want to have on LTE, I wouldn't say that LTE on it self is a secure medium as you carrier can read your data exchange content if needed to. If you want to get a complete privacy, VPN is the way to go.
    Same for the unlocked wifi, which is way more unsecure than LTE.
    To sum up top security first
    1.) VPN over LTE
    2.) VPN over unlocked Wifi
    3.) LTE
    4.) unlocked Wifi
    spau54 likes this.
    05-23-2016 05:59 PM
  4. spau54's Avatar
    Ariel, thanks as that is exactly what I wanted to know. I'm going to get Tunnel Bear or Express VPN. I connect to my bank and stock accounts and was worried that even the LTE connection could be hacked. Again thanks to all that replied.
    05-23-2016 06:15 PM
  5. robertk328's Avatar
    Totally safe meaning nobody is publicly sniffing your data/keystrokes.
    05-23-2016 07:54 PM

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