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This July 4th weekend many people will be traveling to visit family and friends to celebrate U.S. Independence. While you are on the road you may connect to open Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops, restaurants, or hotels. These convenient connections to the internet can make your life easy in the short term but can be major headaches in the long run. Connecting to these access points can provide hackers with a nice, easy way to watch all your traffic stream. They can trick your phone or computer into connecting to their hotspot instead, and watch you login to social networks, emails, or even bank accounts while keeping your credentials to login with later.

Attackers can also implant listeners and other software onto less secure devices to gain access to your device or computer at their convenience. This gives the attacker total access to as well as control of everything you do on your device.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect yourself. To keep your info safe on open hotspots, you can use a VPN, either to your home or to a corporate internet connection. I recommend Private Internet Access or ProtonVPN. As for protecting your local machine from malicious software implants, a good antivirus software can be a lifesaver. Greencrypted offers Endpoint Protections for a reasonable price and even better, it’s all managed by us. If you have any questions or want any information, please feel free to contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or directly through our website!

Have a great weekend. Surf and travel safely!