If you are traveling on vacation, it will be tempting to use W-Fi wireless connections in airports, coffee shops, hotels, and in-flight Wi-Fi.
Many people do not realize that using public Wi-Fi can be very dangerous. Use the data-sharing function of your phone. Most phones these days permit you to connect your laptop through the phone to use the Internet. The connection speeds are usually very fast, and unless you are watching movies, the amount of data you consume may be less than you think.
You might consider using a wireless hotspot from your phone provider. If you anticipate using lots of data, such as watching videos, then know that your phone provider might slow your Internet connection to a crawl once you reach a specific data limit for that month, even if you have an unlimited data plan. They call this throttling your connection.
If you need a hotspot that will not get throttled, consider getting a hotspot by donating to https://calyxinstitute.org/ (We do not receive any compensation for mentioning, and this is not an endorsement of Calyx Institute. We know many people who are very happy with their service, so it is important to tell you of a way to avoid throttling). Their website shows their coverage areas.
If you are remote and away from mobile phone providers’ coverage area, public connections might be your only option. A safer way to connect to public networks is using a travel router. Travel routers can work well and sometimes be difficult to set up. If you plan to get a travel router, purchase it with a 30-day return policy, and be sure to work on getting it up and running before you leave on your trip. The phone and hotspot recommendations are generally less trouble.
Wishing you a cyber-safe holiday season!