In today’s age, scammers are running rampant and have become clever in their pursuit of your livelihood. It’s an unfortunate circumstance, yet, we must navigate around these malevolent people and stay one step ahead. These quick six tips will help you stay safe from wi-fi scams while traveling.
Dual-Factor Authentication (2FA)
If you see this option available, be sure to select it when traveling. The dual-factor provides an extra layer of security via a confirmation email or text message. A more advanced verify would be multi-factor authentication. This allows the third layer of verification that includes an item the user has within their possession to further thwart wi-fi scams.
Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
When connecting to any public network, it is imperative to select a VPN. This will protect your credentials and keep any passwords used privately. It is a more secure network that exists within the public network that you are using.
If you are connecting to Wi-Fi in a hotel or restaurant, be sure to consult with the establishment to ensure the exact name of the network. Hackers will set up similar names in hopes to gain connections. Don’t be lazy and just assume, one different character can cause you a major disaster.
Never Use the Same Password
This should be a rule of thumb whether traveling or not. If a hacker can access one account, you having the same password just gained them entry into all associated accounts. Many people make this mistake out of sheer laziness. To help your cause, there are password apps that exist which allow you to create extremely complex passwords. The apps can also securely manage and house them for you. A must-have for those with several logins accounts for multiple platforms.
Keep Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Disabled
Keeping these features disabled on all your devices will protect you from predators. Do your research so that you know these features are completely turned off, and not set to auto-connect to a network you may have recently used while traveling.
Only Visit HTTPS:// Sites (Hypertext Transfer Protocol for Secure Communication)
The ‘S’ here stands for secure and your information cannot be read by a third party. If a site you visit begins with anything else, then any action is visible by third parties.
Scammers are always looking to take advantage of tourists. Be sure to do your research and secure your information. Time Square is known to be a major culprit of these types of scams. When traveling abroad, you stand out even more. In the end, the extra time it takes can save you money and keep you from falling victim to a wi-fi scam.