Best Travel Tip to Protect Your Online Privacy: Encrypt, Encrypt, Encrypt!

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Well, well, Mashable has a great new article revealing 10 travel tips for protecting your online privacy, and guess what they list as the most important tip?

The popular site dedicated to digital culture has told its more than four-million followers that they should “use secure WiFi and ‘https’ whenever possible,” in particular noting the following:

“If you’re connecting to a wireless network, be it at a café or your hotel lobby, it should be password-protected to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing the network. You can also ask the venue if they have encryption enabled for their wireless router, which provides an extra layer of defense. If you plan to log in to your online accounts or enter sensitive credit card information over WiFi, make sure the website URLs begin with ‘https,’ indicating that they encrypt your data during transmission.”

It’s refreshing to see such a popular, mainstream website discussing the very topics we’ve been recommending all along: your information in public wireless hotspots is not protected. The very best way to keep your identify and privacy safe from cyberpunks and hackers is to use a virtual private network like PRIVATE WiFi™. That way, no matter where you are, your sensitive information is encrypted and protected from prying eyes that want to steal your identity or hack into your online accounts.

The Mashable article offers 9 other tips worth checking out as well, but as Mashable and PRIVATE WiFi recommend above all else, encrypt, encrypt, encrypt!

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.