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Here's why you should be careful when using free wifi

Cybercriminals are lurking everywhere and while you think logging into the superfast Wi-Fi in your hotel room is absolutely fine, your personal identity is being laid at risk.

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: September 1, 2016  | 11:48 IST
Here's why you should be careful when using free wifi
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Vacationing is all fun and exciting until someone hacks into your smartphone or worse, obtains your credit card details.

Cybercriminals are lurking everywhere and while you think logging into the superfast Wi-Fi in your hotel room is absolutely fine, your personal identity is being laid at risk.

ALSO READ: Why you should go internet free on your next vacation

Travellers can be targets for tech savvy criminals who count on such liabilities to provide them with a point of access to the user's data and devices.

They can gain access to sensitive information via unsecured smartphones, laptops and even wearables, while also collecting data from social channels.

Here's how you can protect yourself, according to a study by Intel Securities:

Create Social Walls

Waiting in airports can be quite boring and often this can lead to posting updates from mobile device. Whether it's your location or that selfie where your hair looks just right, criminals are able to monitor your whereabouts via social activity and take advantage of you when you have the weakest protection.

Be Careful When You Share

We love to share our experiences with friends and family via social media, but it's important to not indicate publicly where or when you'll be taking that relaxing vacation. Wait until you return home before posting all about it; otherwise, you could leave yourself open to would-be thieves who want to know when your home will be vacant.

Limit Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Use

Data can be expensive, but switching on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when out and about can be a recipe for disaster. Connecting to unprotected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices can expose your personal information to a cybercriminal. You should be especially careful when exchanging payment information. With this in mind, make sure to update your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi history by removing previously 'remembered' wireless networks, like 'cafewifi.'

Check and Monitor Your Accounts

Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your bank account history. If you aren't meticulous about monitoring your activity, a criminal could have access to your accounts for quite some time before you are aware.

 

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