Oakland, CA – June 30, 2014 – On the Fourth of July weekend, you should be able to sit back and relax and not worry about your identity being stolen. Unfortunately, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received reports of scammers trying to collect personal information by creating unsecured Wi-Fi zones near hotels, which guests can connect to for free.
“Checking emails and going on social media are common things to do on vacations,” says Lori Wilson, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving San Francisco Bay Area and Northern Coastal California. “However, if you connect to an unsecure Wi-Fi connection, one that is not encrypted, you are letting the owner of the connection see all of your personal information. This could include banking information, addresses, personal information and other Internet browsing activity.”
The BBB offers the following advice for vacationers looking to connect to Wi-Fi zones:
For more advice on how to protect your identity or to find BBB Business Reviews of businesses or charities, call (866) 411-2221.
Contacts (News Media Only): Lori Wilson, President/CEO at 510-844-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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