Free wifi is nice, but does it make the cut? Here’s how to protect yourself against identity theft anywhere anytime.

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4 Cybersecurity tips for travelers

Free wifi is nice, but does it make the cut? Here’s how to protect yourself against identity theft anywhere anytime.

1. Check the website protocol

Does the website you’re browsing start with HTTPS:// ? It signifies that the website is encrypted with Transport Layer Security (TLS), meaning that any information you put into the website is kept safe and private, i.e. your credit card number, your phone number, etc.

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2. Watch out for spoofers

Cybercriminals these days look for ways to instill fear in order to get sensitive information from you. They pretend to be your financial institution threatening you to send them important info. However, just keep in mind that official entities never ask information via email.

3. Stick to VPN

VPN, Virtual Private Network, does more than getting you access to blocked websites. It encrypts data traffic over a network, so hackers can’t access or steal your location. A VPN also allows you to browse anonymously by concealing your IP address and your physical location.

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4. Never buy anything on public wifi

Public networks are often used by cybercriminals to steal the information of people who are on the network or inject any malware into their devices. Your best bet is abstinence, do not log on to your online bank accounts or make any financial transactions on public wifi, under any circumstances.

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I’m a business student based in Bangkok with passion in traveling and culture.