In her recent book, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, Natalie Sisson delivers a practical guide to becoming a digital nomad — someone who lives out of their suitcase and travels the world while still running a successful virtual business with just their laptop and internet connection. With this freedom-based lifestyle, Sisson outlines actionable details on how to build a sustainable career. Her how-to book is filled with firsthand experiences and her favorite tips and tools that every true suitcase entrepreneur needs to be successful.
As an internet connection is one of the most coveted things that any nomadic businessperson covets, PRIVATE WiFi is one of the featured tools in Sisson’s book:
You can access free Wi-Fi throughout most of the first world, and that’s only going to continue to increase. In second and third world countries, you take what you can get…
The upsides of having Wi-Fi constantly available are that you can work from “almost anywhere,” for free, and this gives you unbelievable flexibility in running your business, staying in touch and making money.
The downside is that most Wi-Fi signals are unencrypted. This means that anything you do online in hotels, coffee shops and airports can be intercepted by others using the same network. That’s why it pays not to login to online banking or other important sites through an unsecured network, to protect yourself from being hacked. Even anti-virus software won’t keep you safe from this…
Wi-Fi hotspots at hotels, airports and coffee shops are likely to be your lifeline to getting the job done when you’re on the road. But even though hotspots have revolutionized the way we work when we travel, they’re not secure. If you’re concerned about the privacy and security of your sensitive information, Private Wi-Fi is a virtual private network service (VPN) that encrypts your communications, making them invisible to hackers and creating a private tunnel within any public Wi-Fi network.
Once you download the software, you can do whatever you like online in a secure environment (with bank level encryption). There are versions for laptops (PCs and Macs) as well as tablets and phones (Android and iOS). So no matter what devices you use, your online personal and business communications are protected anywhere in the world. It’s certainly worth the monthly US $10 subscription fee.
Sisson’s thorough research in this book even uncovered a real life victim of WiFi hacking, Audrey Scott from uncorneredmarket.com. Scott’s story truly illustrates the risks involved in using an unsecured WiFi hotspot without a VPN: “When we were at the Portland Airport last year, we used their open (no password) Wi-Fi network to pay for our tickets… using PayPal. When we touched down in Berlin the next day, I saw all these emails from PayPal for Postal Service Payments… I logged into PayPal and saw that there was over $2,000 charged to our account. With the open Wi-Fi network, someone had been able to hack into my account… Lesson learned: never do any financial transactions over an unsecured Wi-Fi network!”
Sisson’s book also covers other privacy and security threats that a traveling entrepreneur should be aware of. Additionally, she offers tips on social branding, networking, getting insurance, stretching a budget and more. The Suitcase Entrepreneur is available for purchase at Amazon.com.