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11. Posted by striker81 (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Why not take a phone with wifi capability? This will cut out the risk from key loggers plus saves on space and has many uses.

12. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

As long as your card has got good security measures on it - you should be OK in a webshack.
Nowadays, if you've good proof that it wasn't you that did 'That' transaction, it'll cost you nowt.
Good luck.

You might be reimbursed financially, but it's a lot of hassle and wasted time.

13. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

No hassle with my bank when a transaction that I didn't do, showed up on my statement. My card was swiped twice in Zimbabwe, for just one helicopter ride. I called the bank and within a week - it was reimbursed on to my balance.
I think a lot depends on how good customer services are with your bank. Mine's excellent.

14. Posted by jessyt81 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

I've also been contemplating whether or not I should buy a netbook for my trip. I've heard that the internet cafes are get really busy during tourist season and most hostels now have free wi-fi, so I think it would be very convenient. You may want to look into get a netbook instead of a laptop just because a) it's cheaper, b) it's smaller and c) it's lighter, therefore, perfect to travelling. I've seen them weigh as little as 2 lbs. If you've got a bit more money to spend, you should check out the Sony P Series, it's approximately $900 US but it's tiny, fits in your pockets, 1.4 lbs and has a built in GPS to help lead you aruond the city.
Also, my credit cards are great (PC Financial only available in Canada and HSBC worldwide). If fraud is commited on your card, all they do is send you a letter for you to sign saying that you did not approve of the charges worth $X.XX and they'll fix the charges in a week.
Also, some places in Thailand accept Paypal, which really helps to protect your $$, see if the ones you're going to accept that.
Good luck & happy travels!

15. Posted by flydown (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Last year, I went to Peru and Ecuador for a month and instead of bringing a laptop I brought an iPod Touch: what a great compromise!
You get the convenience (and SAFETY) of having your own terminal without the hassle of shlepping around a laptop.
Plus, it's easier to go around a city and find an open WiFi hotspot to connect to (when you connect to an untrusted WiFi network, or any WiFi network you don't control directly, make sure you enter sensible details only over secure connections, i.e. the address of the website should begin with httpS://...note the s!). Indeed, I remember being in Cuenca, Ecuador, one night, seated on a sidewalk trying to connect to an open WiFi...and it worked... ;)

Now, an iPod Touch (or iPhone) is not as versatile as a laptop, but if you look around the AppStore on iTunes I'm sure you can manage to find an app for almost any need.

Only issue I could find: if you can't find a WiFi network and have got access to a cabled network, but there are workarouds for this remote case (let me know if you need to know how to do it).

16. Posted by RTWaddict (Budding Member 8 posts) 7y

just choose a bank that has a key generator for logging in/transferring money

its a small dongle/card that generates a number which changes every minute that allows you to verify your identity along with your username and password.

This way, even if someone gets your login details they still cant get in as they dont have the dongle.

As for card use, only use it at ATMs that are in bank branches
& become aware of the types of skimming devices that can be attached.

17. Posted by snowrat (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y

My concern would be with keyloggers on Internet cafe computers that could steal your logins and passwords for banking sites or credit cards - they are so easy to install!
I carry my laptop and have security to encrypt any info sent over a wireless network including open networks.

I also carry a wi-fi enabled phone for a quick check of my emails

Snowrat

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