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Consumers -- are hitting up hotels to steal your private information they're creating fake Wi-Fi hot spots to fool you into giving up your credit card information.
Here to help you protect your -- -- the next time you travel Adam Levin.
Chairman -- identity theft 911 and welcome back to the show -- -- thank you such a great job talking about these topics.
How come into this happened how commonplace is it that they've set up these fake Wi-Fi hot spot.
-- it's becoming more and more common all the time and they do it in hotels to get information from people in their rooms.
They could be in the bar at the hotel they can be in the conference center they could be sitting next -- you half the time you don't even know.
We know when I don't -- hotel.
I don't necessarily pay a lot of attention to the Wi-Fi and picking up on how -- do this how is it's so easy that they can they can -- Well there's there's very little hardware -- software they get and they they could as I said said the next reward ever and they can do it.
And what they do is they make sure that it is the strongest signal.
In a particular area and a lot of people have there settings.
So that they automatically connect to.
Whatever the strongest Wi-Fi is -- why don't actually take the time that.
Pick and choose what the right Wi-Fi network would be so what's your advice to people who -- -- on the -- later on vacation this summer how do you avoid this.
Well one of the things you do as if you can set up a virtual private network and you can do this.
Yourself you can also get it through work.
And sometimes through your university that have some that are available.
What you need to do is also.
If you're going to be staying and using the system at the hotel first of all ask every question you can about the system and most particularly.
What is the actual aim of this system you have to know in detail what it is because.
Probably these things are doing something that sounds like the name of the real system but -- it -- say hotel free Wi-Fi.
As opposed to you know a specific name of a specific -- They may may spell the name they may add another word so.
Be precise find out from the front desk or -- the information in your desk in your room.
What is the specific.
The hair it's always there it sometimes you just in such a hurry -- so preoccupied as we were talking about in the break.
What is the information they can -- if I get on to their network blowing it.
Your credit card information if they can find a way to actually whisk you off to a -- site they may double again malware in your computer.
Ask you for all kinds of information for shopping things that they might might present to you that's what -- -- tell people try not to do banking or shopping.
From any free Wi-Fi network.
Operate -- -- the piano -- operate on a secure network that you're familiar with.
That makes a lot of sense and it's great advice let's talk a little bit about where else you might be at risk what other places do I go that.
I might be using it an unsecured system that can put me in my information at risk.
Anywhere that's a public area whether you're in an airport you're sitting in the lobby -- business complex.
You're in a coffee shop.
A restaurant a conference -- any one of those places.
Wherever you're out there.
In the midst of people doing whatever you do you know don't think that wherever you are as -- -- specific castle it's more like a mine field fifth.
You're terribly right thanks for coming -- great to see you thanks for having me.
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