These days we all have some sort of device in the luggage. Whether you bring your laptop, iPad or phone along for the trip you will at some point most likely connect to the free hotel WiFi. The question is if it’s safe to do so.
The short answer is no. When you connect to a public WiFi network like one found in a hotel then you can be easily targeted by what is known as a man in the middle attack. Other guests or individuals connected to the network will be able to harvest the data you send while connected to the WiFi. This could include passwords and other personal information you don’t wish to share unknowingly.
Recently it was discovered that hackers gained access to over 383 million user accounts from the Marriott hotel chain. While not related to WiFi it clearly shows that hackers actively target hotels and hotel visitors. Both passport and credit card numbers were exposed to the hackers.
How to Browse Hotel WiFi Securely
The good news is that Unlocator makes it very easy to protect yourself when connected to hotel WiFi. All you need to do is create a free Unlocator trial. Once signed up simply install one of the VPN apps for Android, iOS, Mac or Windows.
From then on it’s just a matter of signing in to the app and then selecting a location you wish to connect to. Once connected your internet connection becomes encrypted with military grade encryption. Third parties will no longer be able to intercept and steal your information.
Feel at Home While Abroad
Another added benefit of using VPN is that you will receive a new IP address from the server you are connected to. So why is that important you might ask? Well, if you connect to a server in your home country you will be able to access streaming services as if you were home. Quite nifty right?