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Grand Solmar Timeshare knows that it is very common for people who are traveling today to have a mobile device or computer with them. While many people use a data plan that they have purchased from a service, many others rely on the free Wi-Fi hotspots that can be found. Restaurants and airports are some of the most common places for travelers to take advantage of free Wi-Fi. Most travelers do not realize the dangers associated with this.

Grand Solmar Timeshare reveals that scam artists will often set up phony networks near the popular establishments. Their hope is that travelers will use their network instead of the restaurant’s or business’s network. When the traveler signs on to the phony network, the scam artist can gain access to their computer. There are a few things that travelers can do to make their computer safer when using the free Wi-Fi networks.

  • Check with the business to find out what the right network is for the place you are visiting. The name of the network that is set up by the scammers will often resemble the correct network for the business.
  • Make sure you security software and that your firewall on your computer is turned on. This will stop most people from gaining access to your computer.
  • Beware of strange activity on your computer. If you are suddenly directed to a different page or seem to lose control of your computer, stop using it.

Grand Solmar Timeshare shares that in addition to the basic steps to protect a computer, a traveler should not go to sites that have their sensitive personal information. Banking sites, credit card sites and other similar sites should only be accessed from private networks.