What Is It?
Our app of the week is a modern-day superhero, stopping crime in its tracks. Onavo keeps you and your information safe when you surf the web and exchange data online. This is especially important when you’re on the road, booking last-minute details and using public Wi-Fi. Onavo protects your sensitive data so you can explore without fear.
How Does It Work?
Install Onavo on your tablet, phone or laptop to keep your personal data safe from prying eyes. It’s a combination anti-phishing and VPN technology for your device: it alerts you when you’re visiting an unsecured site or about to give private information to a phishing site, and it keeps your data private when you’re connected to public Wi-Fi networks.
Onavo works even when the app is closed. Once you set up your Onavo profile, the Protect feature will automatically kick in when you launch a browser. So you can browse and buy without thinking twice. Onavo encrypts your data on connections through any web browser, so you should be safe from digital thieves most of the time. Just be aware that thus far the software does not handle other app’s security.
Our Favorite Part
It’s my virtual guardian angel! As a solo backpacker, I always booked hostels and transportation on the fly. If you have long-term or open-ended travel plans, waiting until the last minute definitely has benefits. You can be spontaneous and adjust travel plans to meet up with new friends.
Even better: you may score deep discounts. It’s especially easy to book last-minute during off-peak or “shoulder” seasons like autumn and spring.
While websites and apps make booking a breeze, making digital purchases can subject your sensitive information to theft. I relied on free or shared Wi-Fi 100% of the time abroad, as I never invested in a foreign SIM card. It’s a piece of cake to survive solely on Wi-Fi, since nearly every hotel, restaurant, station and tourist attraction offered complimentary Wi-Fi. If only I knew about Onavo at the time! When you’re using Wi-Fi, the app’s built-in VPN encrypts all of your wireless browsing to ensure it remains private.
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Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.