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How Travelers Can Protect Themselves From Hotel Wi-Fi Drive-By Attacks

Here are nine ways to keep systems secure
The FBI issued an unusual warning this week to people traveling abroad: Beware malware attacks via hotel hotspots.

"Recent analysis from the FBI and other government agencies demonstrates that malicious actors are targeting travelers abroad through pop-up windows while establishing an Internet connection in their hotel room," according to an advisory released by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which is an FBI and National White Collar Crime Center partnership.

According to the advisory, the pop-up window prompts people to "update a widely-used software product." Clicking to accept the software update, meanwhile, would allow malware to be installed.

What can travelers do about these potential hotel Wi-Fi drive-by attacks? Focus on these nine information security essentials.

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