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Don't shop online when using public Wi-Fi

Alexei's advice to others

I would recommend everyone to use a VPN whenever using WiFi and especially when shopping online!

Alexei M.

Alexei M.

Age 25, Australia, specialist

The story

About half a year ago I noticed that there were weird purchases from my bank account. I let it go because I had just ordered from Amazon and thought that was it. Though on the next few days the foreign transactions kept coming and now from completely different sites like cosmetics and clothing shops.

When I realized that this was a scam, I let my bank company know and police. However, the thief got away with some 300 Euros of purchases.

I felt hopeless and kinda stupid – I hadn't use VPN for months on mobile because it increases the drain on the battery.