Working in the background, Sidestep for Mac automatically detects public networks and routes the sites through a secure server, allowing those who are concerned about their security to browse the Web safely.
After installation, Sidestep for Mac brings up a window that explains how it works through a proxy server to create a secure connection. The next window prompts the user to set up the proxy server by entering its information. If the user does not have access to one, the application also has an option to help locate those available. After this is complete, the program window closes, leaving the application running in the background. It does not activate until the user signs on to an unsecure network, which starts the secure proxy server. The process was simple and effective in our tests, and we were impressed by how easy it was to set up and use this handy little tool.
Sidestep for Mac adds an additional layer of protection through its automatic proxy server activation. Users who often use unsecured networks at coffee shops or other public places will find this program quite helpful.
Sidestep is an open-source application for Mac OS X that sits quietly in the background, protecting your security and privacy as you browse the web. When you connect to the Internet through an unprotected wireless network, such as at a coffeeshop or an airport, where you don't have to enter a security key, you're putting yourself at risk.
Attackers connected to the same network can easily intercept your unencrypted traffic and log in as you to services such as Facebook, Amazon, and LinkedIn.
When Sidestep detects you connecting to an unprotected wireless network, it automatically encrypts all of your Internet traffic and reroutes it through a secure connection to a server of your choosing, which acts as your Internet proxy. And it does all this in the background so that you don't even notice it. With Sidestep enabled, no one can eavesdrop on your traffic and impersonate you or see what you're seeing as you browse the web.