You Should Think Twice About Logging Into Your Hotel's WiFi
What's the first thing you do when you arrive at your hotel on holiday? Check into WiFi, obviously. Everything else, like unpacking, eating, drinking, and actually enjoying yourself, comes after.
But a new report by the Today show in the US has raised concerns about the safety of your personal information while using hotel wifi.
According to The Sun, journalist Jeff Rossen, along with a security expert, set up fake WiFi hotspots at a hotel in Cancun, Mexico to see how easy it would be to steal personal information from guests. The pair duped guests by naming their WiFi similar to the official hotspots and were able to see transactions, flight info and banking info when anyone logged on.
So, what can you do to stay safe? Make sure you ask someone working at the hotel for the official WiFi before attempting to log on. Today's advice is to enter the wrong room number in the system when it asks for it. If you are allowed in anyway, the WiFi is probably dodgy, while real hotspots won't let you access them without the correct information.
Rossen and the security expert also suggested hitting 'forget this network' whenever you leave a place, so that you are never automatically logged onto a network without realizing.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.