October 29, 2010 - 1:38 pm

(Part of the ongoing WISENET Series)

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So you're in another country, you stop for a cup of coffee at a café and plug in your laptop to an Internet connection. Or you're at the airport, and you get an email that says: "Free upgrade now." Or you're in a hotel room and securing your passport in the safety deposit box and it asks you for a PIN number. "Ah hah," you think to yourself, "that's easy, I'll use the same passcode I use at home, that way, I'll remember it!" Or you live in a country like Haiti and one of the only ways to access currency is through a transaction on your cell phone. Stop before you act. BE AWARE. Cyber may be out of sight, but it is all around. Cyber abounds. And so do tactics designed to harm your electronic devices and to take information from you. In the United States, October has been National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. At the FCC, we've developed safety tips for consumers about Internet usage. And we've identified some precautions you can take when traveling internationally with electronic devices. Protect yourself. Take a look at these travel tips we put together to learn how.