The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation recommends travelers to avoid connecting their phone, tablet, or computer to free wireless hotspots while traveling during the holiday season.
"This is an open invitation for bad actors to access your device," the FBI Portland field office said in its weekly Tech Tuesday press release.
"They then can load malware, steal your passwords and PINs, or even take remote control of your contacts and camera."
Oversharing and location services are verboten
If there is no other choice and you must use a hotel's or airport's public WiFi network, you should make sure that you go through the provider's connection steps to steer clear of any hotspots set up by malicious actors.
When you must use an unsecured free hotspot, you should keep in mind that connecting to any of your accounts could allow hackers to snoop around on the same network to steal your user credentials or your banking info.