Google’s Secure (WiFi) Access Tool

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Google seems to have developed a secure WiFi VPN software tool – Google Secure Access Client. The information can be found here. Google Rumors has all the details. To sum it up, what they are doing is giving away a VPN tool that takes some of the security risks out of open WiFi. Companies like JiWire and Boingo also have these type of secure WiFi software solutions. While on paper this sounds like a perfectly good deal, Inside Google says not so fast, and writes, “Google Secure Access has the same benefits for Google as Web Accelerator did, with fewer of the things that scared away people the first time.” They dig deep into the GSA privacy policy …

Google may log some information from your web page requests as may the websites that you visit. We do this to understand how Google Secure Access is being used and to improve our services. Google Secure Access does not log cookies and strips potentially sensitive query data from the end of requests to help better protect your privacy.

Oh did I say, its a PC download. (Mac guys can exhale!) I wonder if people on the web are forgetting the age old saying – there is no such thing as free lunch. I could trot out the Google Net story, but you have had enough of that! Though, the GSA FAQ does say…

Where can I go to download Google Secure Access?
The program can currently be downloaded at certain Google WiFi locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Peter

As a free alternative I use iPig with good success.

The software (http://www.iopus.com/ipig) includes the option to set up your *own* VPN server extremly easy. Thus all traffic goes to your computer and not via the Google machines!

Gary Lerhaupt

Here’s my connection of the dots. Google WiFi + Google Talk = Google Phone Service. They roll out some sort of handset with both built-in, add in a bunch of local search type capabilities and you’ve got yourself a whole new multi-billion dollar revenue stream that ties right back into what they know: search.

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