The Dangers of Using WiFi When Traveling


dangers of using wifi when traveling

Ok, we’ve all become dependant on our smartphones and tablets when we travel. We use maps, social media review sites, OpenTable, translation services, and Google as our general “go-to” resource for almost any question.

Because international data packages are so outrageously expensive, free or inexpensive WiFi seems like the way to go. But one needs to be careful, especially in certain high-traffic tourist sites.

Skycure, a mobile-defense threat company, says you should avoid WiFi connections, or use a network defense app,  in some of the world’s top tourist destination.

The company studied the world’s top tourist destinations from June 2014 to June 2015 to determine the places most frequently targeted by malicious networks. Times Square in New York City was number one with the highest threats, followed by Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and Disneyland Paris. The full list of tourist attractions with the highest risks is below.

  • Times Square, New York City, NY
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
  • Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France
  • Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
  • Ocean Park, Hong Kong
  • Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, NV
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA
  • Union Station, Washington, D.C.
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA
  • Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA
  • Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
  • Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL
  • Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

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The safest top tourist destinations to use WiFi:

  • The Taj Mahal in India
  • Universal Studios in Japan
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Sydney Opera House in Australia
  • Great Smokey Mountains National Park in the USA

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Here are a few quick tips for mobile users traveling to high-risk destinations:

  1. Avoid “Free WiFi” networks.
  2. Update your device to the most current operating system.
  3. Read the warnings on your device and don’t click “Continue” if you don’t understand the exposure.
  4. Disconnect from the network if your phone behaves strangely (e.g. frequent crashes) or you receive a warning notification.
  5. Protect your device with a mobile security app like Skycure.

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