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16 Things Never to Forget When Traveling Overseas

VPN for Wi-Fi Security

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Unless you have an unlimited international data plan on your smartphone, you’re probably going to be on the lookout for cafés and hotels that offer free Wi-Fi. While it may seem like the best invention since sliced bread, public Wi-Fi is actually a dangerous practice. “Travelers are taking risks every time they connect their devices to public Wi-Fi hotspots, because these networks can easily be hacked in minutes, giving the someone access to all your online activity, possibly even passwords or financial information,” says Harold Li, vice president at ExpressVPN, a company that provides security by ensuring all your Internet traffic is encrypted. “For travelers to countries with censored Internet access—including China, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Turkey—VPNs also help you stay connected to blocked sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, Twitter, and even the New York Times.”