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What The Tech: Wi-fi hackers

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We all look forward to a summer vacation, and so do computer hackers. Traveling is the perfect time to have your information stolen.

If you stay plugged in while you're on vacation, whether it's with a laptop, phone, or tablet, you may be a target for computer hacker. They have tools that allow them to steal usernames, passwords, even bank information that could cost you.

The worst thing is, you won't know until it's too late.

Computer security expert Fred Scholl knows a thing or two about what hackers use to get your information while traveling.

"They can carry a portable access point in their briefcase and  set that up to make it look like some legitimate service like AT&T or your friendly airport access point," said Scholl.

Once you log on to their network, they've got you.

"There' a type of malware called 'keystone logger,' and that malware can end up on your computer and, as you're typing your username and password, that malware catches that and forwards it to a hacker," said Scholl.

The worst part is you'll never know.

"You can be browsing the internet, looking at the newspaper, and if there's a serious hacker out there, he could be trying to access your computer while you're doing that," said Scholl.

Scholl says you can make it harder for a hacker.

"There's a number one thing I recommend. Don't go to a banking site when you're traveling, absolutely not," said Scholl.

Scholl says if you need to use one of those free wi-fi networks at the airport or hotel, do something simple. Ask someone who works there for the name of their wi-fi network and log on there.

Recent tests showed nearly 77% of free public wi-fi networks were being run by hackers.

If a wi-fi network doesn't ask for a password to log on, it's likely a scam.

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