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Using Wi-Fi: Connect with Care

Jul 11, 2013

If you are traveling this summer, chances are you will encounter a Wi-Fi hotspot (network) or two. Wi-Fi in airports, hotels, train stations, coffee shops, and other public places can be convenient, but they are often not secure and can leave you at risk.

Whether you are entertaining the kids by streaming a video on a tablet personal computer (PC), downloading new travel applications (apps) on your smartphone, or even taking your tablet poolside, there are precautions you should take to make sure your personal information is safe.

First and foremost, connect with care. If you are online through an unsecured network, you should be aware that malicious individuals may have established a Wi-Fi network with the intent to eavesdrop on your connection. This could allow them to steal your credentials, financial information, or other sensitive and personal information. It is also possible that they could infect your system with malware. Any free Wi-Fi should be considered “unsecure.” Therefore, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.