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Going abroad? Public Wi-Fi networks can be a big threat to your data

Aircraft wheels barely hit the runway, plate and already nervously looking for available near your Wi-Fi network. If we are a little bit more patient, we are looking for wireless Internet access only after the entrance to the Terminal, for example. While waiting for your luggage. Quickly need to check all notifications on Facebook and Instagram, send outstanding snaps and see if by chance by those few hours someone snack to our Messenger. The Internet we need to check the address of the hotel, confirm the reservation, find the boarding pass, check the weather forecast, access to the city center, everything necessary to us. And this-as it turns out-can be a very dangerous practice.

Abroad keep your wireless OFF all the time

The desire to connect to the Internet as soon as possible after arrival at destination makes that disputes the percentage of people using unsecured Wi-Fi networks, exposing the risk of your data.

This is confirmed by a recent study Kaspersky Lab-after leaving the airport almost half travelling immediately connects to the Internet, for the most part, to tell the family and other close persons of the safe arrival and, in the case of four to ten people to get travel information.

An important factor is also the pressure of work-related matters, as well as being up to date on social networking (34%). One in three people claims that connect to the Internet for them working the instinctive.

So we’re used to that in the House we have network connectivity being abroad almost no wonder over where and how we connect with it and who can “listen for”. 82% of people connects to unsecured, free, public Wi-Fi networks at the airport, hotel, café or restaurant.

In addition, half forgets that the device, which uses online, contain plenty of private and confidential information, because they are used for many other things, such as taking photos or using maps.

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There are many apps allowing to hack wireless networks. Usually passwords are weak and scan inside the private network other devices. It is not hard to break through this security measures.

However, outside the home and trusted networks have provoked on network security helps the criminals achieve their goals. Almost one in five travelers fell victim to cyber crime, while crime in the world of “physical” hit significantly around 6 percent of the people.

This is not surprising, given the fact that our digital habits almost did not change when we are abroad, despite the fact that we become more at risk. About half of the respondents to the survey says that while abroad uses online banking (61%) and doing online shopping (55%) through unsecured Wi-Fi.

Our vulnerability is also increasing because of what more we do online, while outside of your country. For example, one in eight people more likely to publish something on a social networking site, and one in seven claims that more purchases online using a credit card.

I travel a lot. My calendar is full meetings, conferences and negotiations around the world. More than 100 flights a year is the norm for me. And naturally I use a different Wi-Fi networks to have continuous access to the Internet. The first thing I do after connecting to the network, is a connection to the VPN and this is the best precautionary measure, which I would recommend to anyone. Plus naturally taking care to all programs (including security package). I truly advice to everyone follow my lead. Androids or iPhones are real easy target to pros.