As much as sunscreen and books are travel necessities, so are laptops and Smartphones. People are increasingly taking advantage of wireless (Wi-Fi) networks but Wi-Fi networks are also easy entry points for cyber-criminals looking to rob you of your personal information. Norton, from Symantec, has five easy tips to ensure your online information stays secure while on holiday.
1. Pay attention to your surroundings
Remember, if you can read his magazine, the guy sitting next to you on the plane can also read your laptop screen! Just because you´re on vacation, doesn´t mean you´re not still in public
2. Beware of "Evil Twins"
Some Wi-Fi networks can appear to be legitimate, but are NOT. Criminals can create "dummy" networks or Web sites that contain the name of the airline, hotel or airport, but actually will direct your information to their own computer. If you always use the access keys provided by the airline, hotel, or airport, you´ll be protected
3. Always assume your Wi-Fi connections are being eavesdropped on
Never enter sensitive data (bank account information, social security numbers, etc.) when browsing the Web via a Wi-Fi network
4. Set any Bluetooth devices to "hidden", not "discoverable"
If you do not use the Bluetooth function, turn it off altogether
5. Keep your security software current and active
Remember, mobile PCs are vulnerable to the same viruses, Trojans, and worms as your home computer. Norton Internet Security 2009, is an award-winning product that provides exceptional protection for wireless networks
Source : Norton from Symantec – 13 July 2009