You probably don’t think twice before surfing the web in your RV, but mobile wireless internet might not be as secure as you want to believe. Prying eyes can gain access to your devices if you aren’t careful about connecting to hotspots and using public networks. To make sure your personal information stays safe and protected while traveling with electronics, be sure to follow these 5 safety tips on using RV internet!
1. Install Protection & Defense Programs
A good first step toward thwarting off hackers is getting some form of protection for your laptop or mobile device. VPN services, or virtual protection network services, prevent others from intercepting web traffic and tracking you online. Essentially, they give you the security of a private network with all the convenience of a public one. Just be sure to verify reliability and security offerings before committing to a service provider. For the most effective protection, use a VPN in combination with other forms of defense.
In addition to a VPN, you will also want to install an anti-virus software or comprehensive malware program on all of your devices. These applications can alert you of threats to your system or if your system has been compromised by an unsecured network. Most operating systems will also come with a built-in firewall which should be turned on. You may have to manually enable it if this is not the default setting. Along with installing these protection programs, it is also important to make sure they are updated and maintained.
2. Opt For Web-Based Services
When dealing with sensitive information, there are smarter ways to go about accessing the world wide web. Rather than using apps and email clients like Outlook, opt for web-based services and sites like Gmail. You can also better secure your web browsing by using HTTPS in the URL as opposed to HTTP. Adding this extra ’S’ will encrypt the data that is transferred between your computer and the web server, blocking hackers from seeing your information in plain text. Even if sites don’t have HTTPS as their default, you can manually put it into the URL and the site should still support it.
3. Don’t Get Burned By Hotspots
Not all hotspots are as they appear. Cyberpunks can, and often do, use legitimate-looking WiFi names that resemble authentic businesses in order to gain illegal access to computers. For this reason, you should avoid setting your devices to automatically connect to WiFi hotspots. Before connecting to a public wireless Internet connection, double-check with an employee or staff member to verify that you are using the correct, official WiFi network and not an incognito network intentionally created to appear legitimate. Remember that the most reliable networks are those that require a password to gain access. Never proceed with any networks that request personal information in order to connect.
4. Remember To Disconnect
This tip is so easy to forget, but so important to remember! Do your best to remind yourself to disconnect from WiFi networks after you are done online. This might seem like overkill to you, but if you don’t disconnect, you are leaving the door wide open for hackers who are motivated by bad intentions. Each time you finish using the Internet, manually turn off the connection to the WiFi network or modify your settings to do so automatically. If you are not actively using the Web, you can easily disconnect from WiFi by pressing your wireless button. Then, the next time you want to get online, you can just press the button again to turn WiFi capabilities back on.
5. Use Your Own Mobile WiFi
With today’s advancing technologies, you don’t have to depend on hotspots to gain access to the Internet as you travel. More and more companies are offering private mobile wireless connections that allow you to surf the Web through a secured network as you streak down Route 66 or cruise the coast during the ultimate RVing road trip! If you travel often and network connectivity is a priority, consider getting your own mobile network for peace of mind and convenience. SinglePoint’s WiFi in Motion and Verizon’s Jetpack are just a few of the many options available to you.
While the RVing lifestyle is naturally carefree, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be cautious, particularly when it comes to online security. Remember that hot spots are often hot beds for hackers who want to steal your personal information, and without disconnecting from WiFi networks and establishing protective barriers, you could be putting yourself at risk. Take precautions and follow the tips discussed above before becoming a victim of cyber crime, to ensure that you won’t ever become one in the future.
Do you have any other safety tips on using RV Internet? Share them in the comments!