A recent study by internet security software company Norton by Symantec showed that Rossen was right to think that travellers would easily be fooled into jumping onto a fake network. The study found that more than half of consumers wouldn’t think twice about exchanging, sharing, or even doing something (such as handing over personal information) in order to get a strong wi-fi signal.
Further, more than 70 per cent of people said that access to a strong Wi-Fi signal was a deciding factor when choosing accommodation. So what can you do to protect yourself while on vacation?
If you must use public wi-fi, stick to encrypted networks, ensure your virus protector is on, and avoid accessing sensitive online accounts such as those with your bank. You can identify an encrypted site by checking the URL for the letters ‘https’ or looking for the lock icon somewhere near your browser window.
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As well as never looking at your bank account on a public wi-fi, it's best to avoid online shopping if possible. If you want to purchase something, hop off the public wi-fi and go on to a 3G or 4G mobile carrier, as it's a lot more secure.
Every hour or two (if you're on public wi-fi), adjust your phone settings to forget the network, then log back in.
And you can always test the wi-fi 'claiming to be your hotel', by entering the wrong password. Why? Well, if it gives you access it's a scam, but if it's legit, you will be denied access.