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Can I access the Internet while I am in-flight? Is the connection secure?

Today, many airlines, such as Delta, US Airways, Lufthansa and Air Canada are offering Wi-Fi services that allow you to connect to the Internet while you are in-flight. Before flying, it is best to check with your airline carrier to see if they are offering this service.

U.S.

Can I access the Internet while I am in-flight? Is the connection secure?

Today, many airlines, such as Delta, US Airways, Lufthansa and Air Canada are offering Wi-Fi services that allow you to connect to the Internet while you are in-flight. Before flying, it is best to check with your airline carrier to see if they are offering this service.

International

On a cruise, how do I safely use the ship's public hotspot?

When using a wireless network on a cruise, first make sure you are using the ship’s network by asking for the specific names of the ship’s legitimate networks so you recognize them when you connect. Anytime you enter a password, even for webmail or Facebook, verify that you have a secure connection in the browser address bar. Look for https:// -- the "s" is for secure - - and the locked security padlock icon. You must click the padlock and read the information to confirm you are at the right site; otherwise you could have a secure connection to a hacker site instead.
International

What steps should I take to protect my digital data before I leave on a cruise?

If you plan on using a public PC at a shipboard Internet café, or anywhere for that matter, here’s advice to safeguard your passwords and logins. Start organizing your digital security even before you leave. First, make sure that your Web browser is up to date so you have the newest security features. For example, under “Help” in Internet Explorer, click on “About Internet Explorer” and it will show you what version of the browser you are using and if updates are available. Google Chrome also has the same information available in “About Google Chrome” in the “Tools” menu.
U.S.

On a cruise, how do I safely use the ship's public hotspot?

When using a wireless network on a cruise, first make sure you are using the ship’s network by asking for the specific names of the ship’s legitimate networks so you recognize them when you connect. Anytime you enter a password, even for webmail or Facebook, verify that you have a secure connection in the browser address bar. Look for https:// -- the "s" is for secure - - and the locked security padlock icon. You must click the padlock and read the information to confirm you are at the right site; otherwise you could have a secure connection to a hacker site instead.
U.S.

How can I keep my credit card information safe?

Keeping your credit card information safe requires constant vigilance in your day-to-day use, and particularly in your digital lifestyle. Here are five tips you may not have heard before, and three you hear all the time that deserve repeating:

1. Did you know an underhanded waitperson or retail clerk could copy your account information on the card's magnetic stripe with a small handheld device and then use it to make fraudulent transactions on your account? They could, and that's why it is a good idea never to let your credit card out of your sight.

U.S.

What is an evil twin attack?

An "evil twin" attack is a Wi-Fi network operated by a criminal right alongside a legitimate free, public Wi-Fi network.  The wireless network name will make it hard for you to determine it is a trap, like “hotel lobby” or “Starbucks_hi_speed.”  If you are a victim of this attack, you won’t even know anything has happened.  The rogue network will put you through to the Internet, but is now in a position to monitor and decode your messages to reveal logins and passwords.  The “evil twin” is also in a position to mount the very dangerous “man-in-the-middle” attack
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