We're going to travel across Asia for 16-18 months. During that time, we'll need to conduct online banking activities such as checking account balances, paying credit cards, and filing our taxes. In addition to financial activities, of course we want to avoid making our email and social media accounts vulnerable.
What is the best way to make sure our online activities are secure, or as secure as possible?
We'll be carrying our own laptop and tablet. As I see it, the available ways to connect to the internet, and their relative security risks, are:
- Shared computers at internet cafes and hotels (risky, and shouldn't be necessary as long as we are in a location with wi-fi access)
- Wi-fi networks at guesthouses hotels (possibly risky)
- Carry our own wireless hotspot (safer but added bulk to carry around and it's another thing that needs to be charged)
Are there other options missing from the above list? And, what other precautions should we consider to minimize the risk of our online accounts getting hacked?