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Kim's Opinion: 3 ways to stop hackers during the holidays

Kim's Opinion: 3 ways to stop hackers during the holidays

It’s the happiest time of the year. It’s also the busiest time, for hackers.

As you're out and about this Christmas and holiday season you need to protect yourself. to do that, you have to be smarter than hackers.

When traveling, use a virtual private network, or VPN, especially when you are at a hotel or on free public Wi-Fi. It stops digital thieves from intercepting your traffic to steal your accounts and passwords.

Next, hackers love to set up fake connections, so be cautious of generic names, like "Hotel" or "Airport Wi-Fi." Once you connect, hackers have all your data.

What about free public charging stations? The cord you use to charge your phone is also a data transfer cable. Plugging your phone into a hacked port gives a hacker everything on it. This is called juice jacking. Bring a charging cable along with your AC adapter. But if a USB port is your only option, power down your device to reduce the risk.

Be smart and be safe, and keep your data to yourself when you travel.

Listen to Kim talk more about this in her Consumer Tech Update podcast. Tap or click below.

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