Free WiFi hotspots during the holidays: you need to know this

Whether you’re lounging on a sunny beach, exploring a picturesque town or heading into the mountains, one thing’s for sure, we all want to stay connected during our vacations. Wi-Fi hotspots are therefore a blessing for travelers, but unfortunately they also carry potential risks. The last thing you want is to fall victim to data theft or online breaches while enjoying your well-deserved vacation. But do not worry! In this article we share five crucial do’s and don’ts to use WiFi hotspots safely and carefree during your holiday or weekend away.

1. Do: Check the security of the hotspot before connecting

Before connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot at your holiday destination, it is essential to check the security settings. Look for hotspots with WPA2 or WPA3 security, avoid open networks without a password. Protect yourself from unwanted intruders and data theft.

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2. Don’t: Don’t use sensitive information on unsecured hotspots

Avoid sending sensitive information, such as passwords, credit card details, or personal information, while connected to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot. Do not transfer amounts in your mobile banking app either. Malicious parties may be able to intercept your data. Wait to perform important online activities until you are connected to a trusted and secure network.

3. Do: Use a VPN for extra security

To protect your data from potential threats, it is recommended that you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) while using Wi-Fi hotspots at your holiday destination. A VPN encrypts your internet connection and protects your personal information, allowing you to browse and be online safely, even on insecure networks.

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4. Don’t: Don’t forget to log out and disconnect your WiFi connection

When you’re done using a Wi-Fi hotspot while on vacation, always make sure to log out of the websites and apps you’ve been using and disconnect the Wi-Fi connection. This prevents accidental access to your accounts and ensures that others cannot abuse your internet connection.

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5. Do: Update your devices and use strong passwords

Before connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot, make sure all your devices, including your smartphone, tablet and laptop, are up to date with the latest software and security updates. In addition, it is important to use strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts to protect yourself against any breaches.

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We hope this article helps you safely use Wi-Fi hotspots during your holiday or weekend away. So keep these do’s and don’ts in mind during your holiday and the journey there. Remember, you should always be alert to potential security risks and take precautions to protect yourself while using public Wi-Fi networks.

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