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Summer equals traveling and vacation time for many students, employees, and families. AAA projected that 700,000 people will travel more this year compared to last year.

Today traveling is easier and more convenient because of all the helpful tools on smartphones, laptops, tablets and other devices.  People now have access to maps, trusted restaurant recommendations, social media, email, and more.

Need to find a new hotel?  Secure a spot with Airbnb in 10 minutes.  Want to find non-touristy spots and blend in with the locals?   Pull up a blog that lists all the local gems and do as the locals do within a minute.

Smartphones are even more beneficial when traveling abroad.  Minutes in foreign countries are pricey, but Wi-Fi allows travelers to communicate with their loved ones for free.

Almost every person will be on their phone during a trip and over 25% of mobile phones encounter a security threat each month in 2014 according to mobile security company Skycure.

Travelers need to be aware of any mobile security threats and be smart with their mobile habits. If you’re traveling this summer and don’t want to expose yourself to a security threat, read on to see Macate’s Top 5 Traveling Security threats:

  1. Don’t use access unknown free Wi-Fi

Unless you’re sitting in a Starbucks, your hotel, restaurant, or museum, avoid hopping onto a free network.  Hackers today create phony Wi-Fi networks in an attempt to lure unsuspicious users and gain access to their data.

While conserving your data is important, especially in other countries, your confidential information is worth protecting.  If you see the warning “Cannot Verify Server Identity” on your iPhone, do not click ‘Continue’.

Whenever you hop onto a Wi-Fi network, check in with the restaurant manager or employee to see if it is legitimate.

 

  1. Avoid Valuable Messages or Transactions

Even after connecting to a trusted Wi-Fi network, smartphone users should still be on the defense and not conduct banking services or send confidential emails or messages that aren’t protected with strong encryption.

If you want to send messages that are encrypted and protected from prying eyes, download the codetel™  Messenger app.  codetel™ Messenger is a quick alternative when you need to send sensitive information across the internet. Messages are sent securely using the best AES encryption system.

 

  1. Be Wary in High Tourist Spots

Tons of crowds equal tons of easily accessible credit card numbers, passwords, and more.  Sign out of all your apps and take a look at the list below that shows the top 10 dangerous mobile security spots according to a SkyCure report.

 

 

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  1. Keep Your Phone To Yourself

Don’t leave any opportunity open for a thief to gain access to your information.  Keep your phone on you at all times and tuck it safely away in the case of pickpocketing.

Make sure no onlooker can view your screen when you type in your phone passcode and don’t place your phone down in a public spot to avoid phone loss.

 

  1. Virtual Private Network

Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN provides a safe tunnel for all your data to travel through, encrypting all of your banking, downloads, email and other sensitive transactions.

Both Androids and iPhones support VPN. Take a break and enjoy your vacation without the worry of a hacker spying and trying to steal any valuable information.

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