Wireless safety tips for travelers


by Jillian Ryan, Private WiFi’s Director, Content and Social Media Strategy.

Warning: There is an invisible security threat that you will encounter on your next vacation. No matter where you are going or when, you will likely encounter WiFi on your journey. While the convenience of such a connection is alluring to any vacationer, understanding the dangers associated with using that wireless hotspot are paramount.

Remember that WiFi is just radiowaves and anyone can listen in to anything you send and receive on that connection. So whether you are using WiFi at your hotel, the airport, or a tourist attraction, you can potentially be exposed. If you are checking your bank account, reserving a hotel room, or even booking a plane ticket, that sensitive data is vulnerable.

“Being connected while traveling can make a travel experience even more rewarding,” explains Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). “However, it’s important to understand the risks you may encounter while traveling and take care to protect yourself on the go.”

Remember to be smart when you connect to WiFi. The below infographic from NCSA’s education and awareness campaign, STOP.THINK.CONNECT., and PRIVATE WiFi, includes five tips that will keep you secure when using WiFi on the road.


“The most important thing to remember when on any open WiFi is that it isn’t secure. The only way to truly guarantee your privacy and safety is to use a personal virtual private network (VPN) to protect all the information you send and receive,” says Kent Lawson, CEO of PRIVATE WiFi. “For travelers, using a VPN like PRIVATE WiFi is the simplest way to keep safe on WiFi.”

Editor’s note: Private WiFi is one solution. VPN networks can be set up by anyone who wants to have a more secure environment, however, it takes time and money. Companies like Private WiFi take a lot of the hassles out of the process. Plus, their advice about cyber security problems is on point.

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  • Tom

    Good advice to be sure, but a little too much like a commercial for the company “Private WiFi” for my tastes. If that is what you prefer, fine of course, but for a general discussion and advice on how to do this all yourself, see http://www.pcworld.com/article/2030763/how-and-why-to-set-up-a-vpn-today.html. A variety of other advice on how to do this yourself is also readily available of the internet.

  • VELS14

    Geez! Nothing more than a self serving ad for Private WIFI.

  • Charlie Leocha

    I added an editor’s note to the end of the article, saying that this is one of many solutions. But, the basic concerns about cyber security should be heeded.

  • Johnp

    I fully agree with Tom and others here. It sounds to me that you are on the solicitation path for Private Wi-Fi. Is this the type of article I can expect in the future as a result of joining travelers United?

  • James Garland

    come on guys, check out the “guesrt “author. works for private wifi.