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The Tip of the Night for September 30, 2019, discussed using a VPN application to encrypt internet traffic while on public wifi networks. When considering which virtual private network service to subscribe to, check to see if split tunneling is an option. Split tunneling will allow a user to connect to a work server securely, while simultaneously connecting directly on a public network for web searches or video streaming for which the user has no confidentiality concerns. You don't want to slow down traffic by sending it through a VPN server for no reason.
VPN apps like Private Internet Access will allow you specify which applications should use the virtual private network.
Split tunneling can also direct that any traffic to a specific location or from a specific location be done through the VPN.