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WiFi Safety Tips for Travelers

With summer approaching, many of us are gearing up for fun, sunny vacations where we plan to escape from reality a bit and enjoy some well deserved time off. Without dampening the carefree spirit of vacation, we wanted to share some tips on how to keep your personal information safer when using public WiFi away from home. Taking preventive measures could help protect your information and save you the high cost of being hacked.

During your travels, keep in mind that WiFi is made up of radio waves and that anyone can potentially listen in to anything you send or receive on that connection. Whether you’re using WiFi at your hotel, the airport or a tourist attraction, your sensitive information may be exposed. If you’re checking your bank account, reserving a hotel room or even booking a plane ticket, that sensitive data is vulnerable.

“Being connected while traveling can make a travel experience even more rewarding,” explains Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). “However, it’s important to understand the risks you may encounter while traveling and take care to protect yourself on the go.”

Make smart choices when connecting to WiFi. The below infographic, from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) education and awareness campaign, STOP.THINK.CONNECT. and PRIVATE WiFi, includes five tips that will help keep you secure when using WiFi on the road. Read on and remember to stay safe during your travels!

Infographic Credit: National Cyber Security Alliance