Hotel Wi-Fi can be used to hack your laptop: Cybersecurity Risks While Traveling and How to Stay Safe

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In this episode of the Security Squawk podcast, our cyber security experts highlight the risks associated with hotel Wi-Fi, hotel TVs, and public charging stations while one is traveling, suggesting listeners adopt a zero-trust perspective in cybersecurity to stay secure.

In this episode, our cybersecurity experts explain the most common methods used by hackers to intercept and decrypt network traffic. They also cite actionable tips that anyone can do to mitigate these risks such as using a personal hotspot or a virtual private network (VPN). Other suggestions include using power-only USB cables, carrying a charging bank, or using charging bricks that plug into electrical outlets.

The concept of “juice jacking,” where hackers modify public charging cables to install malware, is also explained.