April 22, 2019
Welcome to another fabulous edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related, and small-space living, tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate your readership.
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Public WiFi Safety
Getting free internet from public networks is great, but there are potential problems. Browsing the internet and reading email over an open WiFi network means the information you send or receive over the network might be seen by others. For that reason, follow these precautions:
• Don’t enter sensitive information while on a public WiFi network.
• Never enter your bank or credit card information or passwords on non-secured sites.
• Never include information in emails you wouldn’t want others to gain access to.
• Use “https” (secure) websites whenever possible. Facebook, Gmail, Amazon and other major sites will automatically use secure https when you connect. But many smaller sites won’t. Avoid entering any personal information on those sites.
• Unclick “automatic connect.” Unless you tell your mobile device otherwise, it will remember WiFi networks you connect to and will try to automatically reconnect to those networks whenever you are in range. You may not even know your phone, tablet or computer has connected to the network, but hackers will. Avoid this potential problem by unchecking “‘Connect Automatically” in your computer or phone’s network settings.
The best solution to protecting your internet privacy is to avoid using public WiFi. Instead, use your own dedicated private network.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Cheap travel trailer anti-theft device
If you leave your travel trailer parked and unhitched, you may be concerned somebody might walk off with it. One RVer bought himself the appropriate size tow ball for the hitch, sawed off the threaded part, leaving just the ball. When away from his rig, he puts the ball up in the hitch, then locks the hitch over the ball. No getting that ball out, and no getting another one in.
Keep your RV locks working smoothly
Twice a year, take a can of graphite spray, insert the small tubing into the lock, and spray every lock on the RV. This should prevent any problems with the locks. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
Wondering why your favorite website won’t load? Why your cell phone isn’t connecting to the Internet? Why the heck is your TV cable going in and out? Down Detector will tell you everything going on with Internet providers, mobile providers, airlines, public transport and online services. Remember this one!
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
A guy walks into a bar and orders a fruit punch.
The bartender says, “Pal, if you want a punch you’ll have to stand in line.” The guy looks around, but there is no punch line.
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