Keep your keycard with you, don’t leave valuables in your room unattended, and keep the door locked. Most of us follow basic security precautions at hotels, but I’m begging you to add one more to the list: Don’t use hotel wifi without protection from a VPN.
Why is hotel wifi so sketchy?
Connecting to a public network is a risk anywhere—coffee shops, libraries, and airports—but hotels are one of the worst since hackers have so many possible targets using the same connection. Password-protected networks aren’t much better; they may keep out the cheapskates trying to mooch off the public wifi, but fellow users can easily intercept web traffic if they know what they’re doing.