When you’re staying at a hotel, one of the best amenities it can offer an escort is Internet access through Wi-Fi. However, because you’re sometimes surfing some fairly sensitive material, you may wonder whether your Internet privacy is secure.
Who is surfing over your shoulder?
There are several reasons a hotel may pay attention to your Internet usage:
- It’s their bandwidth you’re using. Because you’re logging onto and using their Internet access, they may feel that it’s their right to see what it is that you are doing with their service. While hotels don’t keep a log of your web traffic, they may flag anything that is unusual. Additionally, if they suspect that you are using their hotel room for anything illegal (i.e. prostitution), they may start paying a closer attention to everything you do on their premises.
- Some hotels filter adult content and block access to it. Many of the sites you plan to visit may be considered adult-oriented. As a result, your websites may not be available. The hotels may block access to adult-oriented sites for a couple of different reasons. The company may pride itself in being a morally upstanding corporation and will not allow such use on the Internet they pay for and provide for their customers. A second reason hotels may block content from adult websites is that adult content is often rittled with viruses, spyware and other malicious computer intruders. Under the banner of “your own good”, scaring people by various threats, hotels feel entitled to limit and monitor them. Additionally, hotels may be protecting their own servers and routers, too, from malicious attacks and hackers that gain access through such websites.
- Privacy policies created by some hotels provide them with the option to monitor web use by its customers, especially if extensive bandwidth is being used or viruses are detected. Touted as “protection”, the monitoring of web traffic can be an invasion to your privacy, but you are submitting to their policies by using their Internet access. Also, hotels may monitor usage as a way to monitor their customer’s likes/dislikes and be able to better cater their needs. While they may not utilize your web use against you, they may still be tracking your use for their own marketing purposes.
- Some hotels may cut you off for excessive bandwidth use. If you’re webcamming or performing other functions online that require excessive bandwidth (Skyping with a client or your mama), a hotel may cut you off or request you cease your web use. Because they have many other hotel occupants, they may discourage excessive use to ensure that proper Internet access is available to all users at all times. Your overuse may slow down access for others.
In addition to a hotel tracking your Internet use, you may be making yourself vulnerable to hackers and others with malicious intentions. Using the Internet provided by the hotel may enable other tech-savvy users to snoop on your web use, including your usernames and passwords. They may be able to hack into your computer and gain access to your files and account information.
For this very reason, it’s essential to avoid logging into any sensitive accounts that are protected by passwords. Your bank account or credit card accounts should be off limits to you while you are using public Wi-Fi, in order to protect your privacy and financial security.
If you absolutely must login to your email, bank or another highly sensitive account, consider using VPN – today it’s cheap and easy to set up
In addition to hackers and others with malicious intentions, any law enforcement officials who are using the hotel’s Internet may be able to track your use, read your emails and see your communications with clients through your escort website. They may be able to learn about encounters you are setting up, including the particulars of where, when and who. You could be putting yourself at risk for more than just a computer virus or a hacker into your Facebook account. You could be setting yourself up for a major investigation or a sting.
Escorts as well as civilians have to be extremely careful when using free, public Internet – which includes your hotel’s Wi-Fi. There is only one way to prevent eavesdropping over a public way:
- Use VPN. Today it’s cheap and easy to set up. There is nothing 100% secure, but VPN is the closest.
If you want to feel safe rather than be safe, please note the measures below:
- Activate the firewall on your computer. A firewall controls the outgoing and incoming network traffic and determines whether data should be allowed either way. To turn on your firewall if you own a Mac, click on the Apple menu and select “System Preferences.” From there, click on “Security.” From there, you can select the option to turn on the firewall. If you are working on a Windows-based PC, select the Control Panel. From there, choose “Network and Internet.” You should find an option available to turn on your Firewall. When you turn on your firewall, you are providing an extra level of security for your computer.
- Run a real-time anti-malware protection app like Malwarebytes.
- Disable file sharing on your computer. On your Mac, select “System Preferences.” You should find an option to disable file sharing. Click on it and you’re done with that precaution. If you are using a PC, go to your Control Panel. Choose “Network and Internet.” From here, you can double-click on “Network and Sharing Center.” Select the option for turning off your file sharing. Now, your files should be secure from an outside source accessing them.
- Be sure that you are using Wi-Fi of your hotel, not of a next-door script kiddie. Check with the front desk if you see more than one option for access. If your hotel’s access does not include a password or room number request, don’t use it. Additionally, if you don’t see https:// when you access your Wi-Fi access point at your hotel, don’t go forward with logging on – “https://” with an “s” indicates that connection is encrypted, which is a form of protection for you as you use the Internet.
Consider using your own Wi-Fi through your wireless phone provider. There are many methods to create your own “hotspot” these days, and it’s relatively cheap to utilize a method through your mobile phone service. You can use a USB-based method or connect directly to your phone for Internet access. Your usage will be tacked onto the data use you acquire through your phone.
- Browse using your smartphone. Its signal bypasses the hotel’s Wi-Fi. Many wireless providers offer service plans that include high-end usage options or unlimited data plans, which makes it much more feasible to avoid using Wi-Fi when you’re away from your home connection.