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If you’re like me while on vacation then you freely use the public wi-fi wherever possible and don’t think twice about it. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and there a few idiots who are working full time to steal our precious identities and sensitive information. Here are a few tips to ensure the protection of your data.
- Personal Wi-Fi: Ask your cellular provider to set up a personal wi-fi hotspot to use for your phone, laptop, and tablet. This will be an additional fee but better safe than sorry.
- Passwords: Always use passwords for your phone and all apps especially financial apps. You never know when your electronic device can be lost or stolen and having password protection can possibly save your personal information from being stolen.
- Alternate Browser: First always clear your browsing history before you depart for vacation. If you normally use Chrome as a browser at home then use a different browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer. On websites that don’t require a password then use the incognito window for browsing.
- Nosy Jive Turkeys: Easier said than done but try to always be aware of your surroundings. These full-time thieves are slick and can be looking over your shoulder while you enter your personal information so cover your screen as you enter your passwords.
- Hotel Wi-Fi: Ask your hotel agent if their wi-fi is secure in the rooms and in the lobby. Usually, their wi-fi in the lobby is public and safe inside the rooms. It doesn’t hurt to also ask how they are protecting your information.
- Secure Web Pages: The average internet web page begins with http which is not secure and you should not trust it while using your username and password to log-in. A web page that begins with https is a secure page and generally safer to use.
- Shared PCs: Just say No to public computers at a cafe, library, hotel, etc. If possible only use for basic browsing and nothing personal that will require the use of your username and password. There’s no way to tell if there is a data-stealing software on a public computer.
- Log Out: If you log in then always log out. While someone might not always have a malicious intent there are some nosy people out there.
What are your wi-fi safety tips? Share below in the comments!