In The News: How To Avoid Getting Hacked On Vacation


hacked on vacationOver the July Fourth Holiday weekend more than 40 million Americans traveled. As the masses hit the road and connected to public WiFi hotspots across the country, PRIVATE WiFi CEO Kent Lawson spoke to CNN and made a number of press appearances to educate consumers on the dangers of hotspot hacking and what they can do to keep their data protected.

Appearing on more than 15 media outlet across the country, Lawson explained how public wireless connections are not secure, “Whether it’s paid or not, whether there’s a password involved or not, nearly all of them are completely unsecure. The reason that Wi-Fi hotspots put passwords on their Wi-Fi is not to protect the individual, but rather to limit usage.”

In order to protect against hackers while on the road, Lawson provided the following tips to keep travelers safe while using public WiFI:

  • Confirm the name of hotspot with the hotel or restaurant’s staff, so you don’t accidentally log into a rogue connection.
  • Disable auto connect features on your device.
  • Don’t connect to ad hoc networks, there’s no way to tell if they’re secure.
  • Turn off a device’s WiFi connection when not in use.
  • If you regularly access online accounts through Wi-Fi hotspots, use a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs encrypt traffic between your computer and the internet, even on unsecured networks.

Wondering if Lawson’s segment appeared on your local station? See the full list of networks with links below to watch for yourself:

Fox 6 News
Click On (Detroit)
Fox 8 WGHP (The Piedmont Station)
Wave 3 News (Louisville, KY) 
KSLA News 12 (ArkLaTex)
KPLC 7 News (Lake Charles, LA)
48 News  WAFF-TV (AL)
ABC 30 KFSN-TV (Fresno, CA)
MS News NOW (Jackson, MS)
Kait-TV ABC 8 (AK, MO)
KFVS 12 (MO, IL, KY, TN)
WAFB 9 News (Baton Rouge, LA)
Live 5 News WCSC (Charleston, SC)
WFXG Fox 54 (Augusta, GA)

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Jillian Ryan

Jillian Ryan is PRIVATE WiFi's Director, Brand Communications and Social Strategy. With a passion for writing, the web, and fast-paced information exchanged via social networks, Jillian is also concerned about the ramifications of putting your life details and personal data into cyberspace. Follow her on Twitter: @Writing_Jillian.

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