The digital world with its obsession of staying ‘connected’ has changed our lives, and our vacations. While we may not always like that cell phone following us everywhere, looking at the immense advantages that it offers, we need to accommodate the little discomforts. Internet is important too. How else would you post all updates, and work from your motor home if you are a full-time RV-er?
Even if you do not have an access to the Wi-Fi in your RV, many public places give you that facility. But unfortunately, these areas are the breeding grounds of cyber scam. So, if you are using Wi-Fi hotspots in these places, follow these safety tips.
1. Always secure the device that you need to connect. Use reputable antivirus software and a trusted VPN service to keep the connected smart devices like phones, tablets, and laptops safe. Make sure you update the security version after the existing version expires, to maintain its effectiveness.
2. Free Wi-Fi zone is definitely tempting, but be very careful while using it. If you are planning to do something serious like official work or any banking transactions, find a trustworthy hotspot. Before connecting, ask the name of the owner of the network. Usually, trusted Wi-Fi asks for a password to connect. If the network requires personal information to connect, stay away.
3. Always keep a backup of sensitive data, personal pictures and other information. Do not just email the data to yourself, store them in a flash drive or in an external hard drive. It is better to maintain utmost security while RV-ing to deal with online threats.
4. Keep all the log-in information and emails encrypted by adding the extra ‘S’ at the end of the ‘HTTP’. So, your email provider’s URL will look like “https” instead of just “http”. It is better to use your email provider’s Web-based service when you are accessing the Internet in your RV or in a Wi-Fi zone to check mails in Outlook or Thunderbird.
Once you are done using the Internet, do not forget to disconnect. Failing to do this can give hackers a chance to break into your computers and mobile devices through remote system. You definitely do not want that on your RV trip, so be safe while using the Internet on your holiday.