In a new travel article in The Washington Post‘s Lifestyle section, the author points out the issues involved with traveling abroad and using our smartphones.
One of the points raised is that travelers need to first find a hotspot and “as at home, you’ll be at the mercy of the vagaries of wireless signals.”
The WashPo article also mentions a very big privacy issue, pointing out that “security can also be a concern. Wired magazine suggests using an encrypted virtual private network (VPN) or at least ensuring that Web services you access have a URL starting with https rather than http.”
It really is the only way to protect yourself from a privacy invasion or hack attack in a WiFi hotspot, whether you are simply emailing or updating your Facebook status, or making a financial transaction using a credit card or managing your online banking accounts.