Scammers target vacationers


POSTED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 11:27am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 5:05pm

Scammers are trying to steal personal information when people are enjoying their summer vacations.

Using Wi-Fi at the hotel, the café or on the train can be risky.

Most Wi-Fi users know to use more caution when using a free hotspot. But, paying to use an internet connection can create a false sense of security because nearly all of them are *unsecure.

"If you don’t need to be logging into accounts like your bank account and things like that... refrain from doing that while you’re away. Get all your stuff that you need beforehand so that you can avoid logging into sites that maybe unsecure or set you up at a place where people are logging into Wi-Fi and using that to steal identities," said Margo Monreal.

Travelers should confirm the name of a hotel or restaurant's hotspot with its staff, turn off features on a mobile device that automatically connect to any network within range, don't connect to ad-hoc networks. There's no way to tell if they're secure and turn off a device's Wi-Fi connection when not in use.

"It’s important first and foremost to enjoy yourself but also know that, especially around holidays, scammers use it to their advantage so it's important to protect your identity, protect yourself," said Monreal.

Another option is using a VPN or a Virtual Private Network which creates a secure network within a Wi-Fi connection, usually by logging in through a website.

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