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Get Secure Wi-Fi While Traveling With These Expert Tips
As noted by the FBI, one of the easiest ways to compromise your data is by connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, as they allow hackers to infiltrate your devices.
If you have no choice but to use public networks, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. VPNs conceal your digital activity by making it indecipherable to prying eyes.
While free VPN options might be tempting, buying your own is often safer. More often than not, free VPN providers discreetly harvest your data and sell it to companies.
For peace of mind during your travels, consider renting or purchasing a portable hotspot that draws data from a cellular network and delivers wireless internet access.
If you decide to rent, be prepared to pay around $10 a day; if you buy, expect to pay upwards of $100. Just be sure that it's not tied to a carrier so that it will work overseas.
To get reliable Wi-Fi, you could also purchase a local SIM card and use your phone as a hotspot. The FBI acknowledges that this method is more secure, and it is often much cheaper.