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Exclusive Sedan's WiFi Security Tips for Travelers

 

limo service los angeles, car service los angeles, limousine service los angelesEvery day Exclusive Sedan Service serves travelers from all over the world. This gives a bit of insight into some of the worries that travelers face. One such worry is being able to securely access data. Public WiFi spots are convenient, but if users aren’t careful, these spots can also be a way for unscrupulous people to steal all manner of personal information.

Here are some of the top tips for keeping your information secure when traveling and when using public hot spots.

  1. Antivirus Software: It is amazing how many people are willing to risk the security of their private information by failing to keep their antivirus software up-to-date. Don’t do this! Having a highly rated antivirus program, and keeping it updated, is one of the most important steps you can take to stay safe.
  2. Disable Auto Connect: Many phones and laptops will automatically scan for and connect to WiFi networks. Turn this feature off. Some crafty criminals actually set up fake hotspots just for the purpose of stealing your information.
  3. Choose Encrypted Hotspots: Some hotspots offer built-in protection in the form of encryption. If possible, choose a public hotspot that offers this type of protection.
  4. Turn off File Sharing: When you are at home or using a secure network in your workplace, file sharing is a convenient way to share information. When using public WiFi hotspots, however, it is just one more way to make your private information visible to others. Turn this feature off when traveling.
  5. No Credit Cards: Some public hotspots require payment for usage. While not all hotspots that require a credit card are necessarily problematic, it is better to avoid public hotspots that require you to enter such personal information.
  6. Don’t Save Passwords: Many sites that you visit may give you the option of saving your password so that you won’t have to enter it again the next time you visit. This is fine when you’re on your home network, but you should always opt NOT to save when you’re on a public connection.

Passport Scanning?

You may soon have to decide if you are willing to scan your passport in order to use a public hotspot. At Beijing Airport, this is now a requirement and the idea could spread to other locations as well.

If you or your clients travel a lot, this is something that you’ll have to make a decision about sooner or later. Some would say it is less risky than entering credit card information, but it is easy to see how there is still some risk involved.

What would you recommend to your international travelers?

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on Jan 11 2013

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