Wireless Safety Tips for Travelers
Packing smartphones, tablets and laptops seems like a no-brainer when it comes to traveling, whether you’re flying, driving or riding to your destination. Being connected on-the-go is convenient and entertaining (and keeps kids occupied for extended periods of time), but it can also be risky. Whether you’re using wifi on a plane or at a hotel, the airport, a tourist attraction or a coffee shop, any sensitive information you send or receive could be vulnerable to hackers.
Wifi is simply radio waves, so anyone on the same connection can listen to anything you send or receive. If you are checking a bank account or credit card balance, booking a ticket or paying a bill, that sensitive information is vulnerable. The easiest way to truly guarantee your privacy is to use a personal virtual private network (VPN) while traveling.
Here are some safety tips, courtesy of the National Cyber Security Alliance and PRIVATE WiFi:
- Make sure your devices are updated with the latest security software including antivirus and firewall protection and operating system patches.
- If you don’t have a VPN, be very cautious about the sites you visit and the information you send and receive when connected to WiFi.
- If you pay for WiFi access, that does not mean it’s safe.
- Confirm the name of the hotspot with the owner before you connect to public WiFi. Hackers have been known to set up WiFi networks that look real but only exist to capture your sensitive information.
- Use a Virtual private network (VPN)! Encrypt your personal data when using public wifi by using a VPN like PRIVATE WiFi.
Safe travels and happy holidays!
The National Cyber Security Alliance (https://staysafeonline.org)