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Cloak 1.1.0

Secure your mobile wireless connection when you’re out and about

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X, iPad, iPhone
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 March 2012
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Downloads To Date: 1014
Developer: Bourgeois Bits LLC
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Browse free wifi connections securely with Cloak

If you take your MacBook, iPhone or iPad with you when head out, it is possible that you make use of free internet connections on your travels. Coffee shops, hotels and restaurants frequently provide free wireless connections, but in the vast majority of cases when you are using such connections, any data sent from your computer or iOS device is sent unencrypted so that it could be intercepted by a hacker. Cloak is a free tool available for iOS and OSX that enables you to overcome this problem.

Cloak is essentially a VPN (Virtual Private Network) tool that will automatically re-route all of your internet traffic through a secure and encrypted server. You may be aware that VPNs can be tricky to configure, but Cloak takes care of all of the hard work for you. Once you have the software installed, you may never need to think about it again – whenever an insecure internet connection is detected, the software will automatically start to take care of your network traffic for you.

While the application itself is available free of charge, if you are a frequent traveller or regularly make use of public wifi connections, you may well find that a free account is not enough for you. The app includes 1 GB of data or 2 hours of connection time in a month for no charge, but there are subscription packages available, both of which offers unlimited time online. For $8 you can use up to 20 GB of data in a month, while $15 gets you 50 GB.

Unlike many other VPN tools which could be used for very much the same purpose, Cloak is incredibly simple to use. You should find that you have the security tool up and running in moments and the fact that there is no configuration means that you can get on with the job of simply enjoying using a free internet connection – you may just forget you have the application installed, but it will always be there in the background.

Verdict:

A must for travellers and coffeeshop frequenters – a great way to keep your connection secure.

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

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What's new in 2.16.11?

 - Due to a bug in iOS 10, your notification sounds may not properly play until you restart your iPhone (press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds).
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