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CINCINNATI - Part of vacation is learning how to protect yourself when you're vulnerable and the FBI is warning travelers against overseas Internet hackers.

The FBI issued a warning on May 8 about hackers who are targeting overseas travelers using pop-up windows when you sign in to a hotel Internet network.

The pop-up urges users to update a program, but when you click on it, a virus is downloaded on the computer, according to the FBI.

The FBI recommends travelers update computer programs before leaving home to avoid the temptation to follow the pop-up's orders.

Unsecured Wi-Fi networks can also be susceptible to hacking. Experts recommend making sure you computer's firewall is up to date and turned on and using only networks that are password protected.

Get more information about online scammers through the FBI report at http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/e-scams .
 

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