You know those “Critical Updates” that pop up occasionally on your computer? The FBI says you should be very, very cautious about them, especially when using hotel Internet connections – or any public WiFi hotspots for that matter. It turns out these public networks, particularly ones with Open Access, aren’t secure, making them perfect for setting up these kind of attacks.

A recent article on TechRepublic reveals the scary truth about how cyber criminals are hijacking your computer by pretending to be legitimate updates, but actually install malware on your system instead.

Don’t get burned! To be safe when travelling, never update your software from an automatic prompt. Either wait till you are on a secure network or check to see if the update being offered is legitimate by checking for updates directly from the software itself.

And don’t skimp on the sun tan lotion!!