Cybersecurity is a hot topic for real estate firms. Traffic on Wi-Fi networks—even if they’re password protected—can be used to steal identities, commit wire fraud, and do other malicious acts that can harm your clients and your business. 

An easy way to protect your internet traffic from hackers is by using a virtual private network (VPN). When connected to a VPN, your traffic is encrypted and anonymous. A VPN creates a secure connection, like a tunnel, between your device and the internet. This security works whether you’re on public Wi-Fi outside a coffee shop or using a seller’s Wi-Fi during a client meeting.

If you don’t already have a VPN, check out CNET’s “The best VPN service of 2020” for a list of its five recommended services. The tech-review website tested VPNs on more than 20 factors, including price, security, server locations, ease of remote access, client software, and customer support.