Tech Talk-How Not to Get Hacked on Vacation

Tech Talk-How Not to Get Hacked on Vacation

Watch those hotspots
    You're on summer vacation at a fabulous destination, and you can't wait to share photos on social media.
    Lucky for you, there's Wi-fi at the hotel, at the cafe on the corner, and on planes and trains in between.
    Unlucky for you, it could be risky.
    Most Wi-fi users know to use more caution when using a free hotspot.  Paying to use a connection at a hotel, an airport or airplane, however, can create a false sense of security.
    "Whether it's paid or not, whether there's a password involved or not, nearly all of them are completely unsecured.  The reason that WiFi hotpsots put passwords on their WiFi is not to protect the individual, but rather to limit usage."  
     Kent Lawson of Private Wi-Fi, a service and mobile app aimed at protecting wi-fi users, recommends that travelers --
    - Confirm the name of a hotel or restaurant's hotspot with the establishment's staff.
    - Disable features on a mobile device that automatically connect to any network within range.
    - Don't connect to ad hoc networks.  There's no way to tell if they're secure.
    -And turn off a device's wi-fi connection when not in use.
    Another option is a V-P-N -- a virtual private network --which creates a secure network within a wi-fi connection.  You log in through a website.
    Or just take a break and save certain activities for a home computer.  After all, your are on vacation.
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