Safeguarding Your Data IN TRAVEL TOURS

         Is Free Public WIFI Secure?

     With recent data breaches, I want to share a few tips on how you can better safeguard your data when you are traveling. It's important to figure out your data options before you travel. When you have options, you won’t be tempted to connect to any publicly available Wi-Fi network, which can leave you and your data vulnerable.

1. Don't Connect to Untrusted Public Wifi Network

    A free Wi-Fi network is very tempting, especially when you need internet access. However, I rarely connect to untrusted public Wi-Fi networks. Perhaps it comes as no surprise to anyone that hackers pry as no surprise to anyone that hackers pry on unsuspecting victims by creating friendly Wi-Fi network names like “Public Internet” or “Free Airport Wi-Fi”.

2. Use VPN

   If you must connect to a public Wi-Fi, use VPN. Your connection is secured once you connect to VPN successfully.

3. Use Sites Behind SSL

   If you must connect to a public Wi-Fi, use sites behind SSL. companies apply the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) more broadly these day to protect user data, resulting in a more secure communication through the “https” protocol. I still remembered a time when Yahoo! mail has SSL protection only at the login page, but the content was not protected once you get past the login page. Fortunately, that is no longer the case

4. If You Have Neither VPN or SSL, Browse Only


    If you must connect to a public Wi-Fi, don’t log in to any accounts and browse public sites only. A snooper could still view what you are accessing, but it’s slightly less concerning when it’s not personal data. Generally, I'd still be wary of connecting to an untrusted network since you could potentially expose other personal data inadvertently (i.e. if some program is set to automatically fetch updates).

 5. Pay for the Secure Option

     For some time, I used a mobile hotspot in the absence of a home internet. While it's not as appealing as a free Wi-Fi, the hotspot is portable and I can connect multiple devices to it securely. The next time you are on the verge of The next time you are on the verge of connecting to an untrusted, public WIFI network, you may want to pause and consider if you potentially want to exp
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