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4 tourist scams to avoid on holiday

by Norton-Team

One of the highlights of any holiday is getting away from it all to have a rest and relax. Unfortunately criminals are aware of when we let our guard down and tourists are a key target for them. 

Here are our tips to keep safe on holiday: 

Wi-Fi uses radio waves, the openness of public Wi-Fi allows criminals using the right monitoring tools to take information sent over it without your knowledge. Never assume public Wi-Fi is safe and don’t login to sites or send any bank details unless you connect using a VPN program like Norton Secure VPN.

Beware of calls to your hotel room late at night. Identity thieves pretending to work for the hotel will call and wake you, then while distracted claim to be from the front desk and that there is a problem with your card. Once you hand over the details you will likely wake up to find your bank account is empty.

Avoid cashiers who are talking on mobile phones. In this scam they take a photo of your card and note down your pin when you pay, allowing them to make their own working copy later on.

Never assume a free Wi-Fi hotspot is a safe one. Criminals setup fake public Wi-Fi hotspots using a very similar name and password to a real public one in order to trick people into logging in and handing over all their personal information. This is double so a risk for laptops at airports, as you may end up infected with spyware or having your identity stolen.

Want to know more about Why you should use a VPN?

This entry was posted on Tue Sep 06, 2016 filed under family security , mobile safety and online threats

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