On a summer vacation, you should be able to sit back and relax, not worry about your identity being stolen. Unfortunately, there have been more and more reports of scammers trying to collect personal information by creating unsecured Wi-Fi zones near hotels that guests can connect to for free.
Checking personal and work email, as well as updating social media posts while on vacation are common. Scammers know that because many hotels charge for Wi-Fi, a free connection looks appealing. However, by connecting to an unknown and unsecure Wi-Fi connection, you are letting the owner of the connection see all your Internet activity. This could include your personal information, banking information and other Internet browsing activity.
The BBB explains that when something claims to be free, it should always be a red flag to be cautious. If you must connect to the Internet, paying the hotel fee may be worth it rather than having your personal information wind up in the hands of criminals.
The BBB offers the following advice for vacationers looking to connect to Wi-Fi zones:
For more advice on protecting your identity, visit www.bbb.org
Reproduced with permission from the Better Business Bureau – July 2013 Bulletin