Here’s Why You Might Want to Rethink Using Hotel Wifi When You Travel
Nobody wants to get home from a holiday and discover they’ve racked up hundreds of pounds in roaming charges - which is why hotel WiFi is so important - nay, essential - when travelling.
But you may want to think twice before logging on - because a new report by the Today show reckons your personal data could be at risk of being stolen if you do.
Journalist Jeff Rossen and a security expert popped off to Cancun, Mexico (alright for some - stick that one on expenses, ey, Jeff - wink wink, nudge nudge) to see how easy it was to steal personal info from hotel guests by setting up fake WiFi hotspots.
Turns out, pretty easy. All they had to do was use a similar name to the official hotel hotspot, in order to dupe guests into logging on, and voila - they were able to see information relating to transactions, flight information, and banking details.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, because there are some practical ways to stay safe - such as always making sure that you ask a hotel staff member what the official WiFi name is, rather than just assuming you’ve picked the right one.
The Today show also advises that you enter the WRONG room number and/or guest name if the system asks for it. If it’s a dodgy scam, it’s not actually going to know or care if that information is incorrect, while real hotspots often won’t let you access without the correct details.
Jeff and his security expert pal also suggest selecting ‘forget this network’ as soon as you leave somewhere, so you’re not automatically logged onto a network without your knowledge.
Top tips. Stay safe out there, people.
By Lizzie Cox