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beemerphile1

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I pay most bills online with my own internet and a Chromebook.

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Fortunately my new 2019 truck has its own secure wifi hot spot. The only problem is the truck has to be running to use it....


What have you got? My 2016 Silverado does not require the engine to be running. I just turn the key one click to the accessory position.


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Ron3rd wrote:

How do you pay your bills while on the road for an extended trip of a month or longer? We pay our bills online from home but are leery of say logging in at a Starbucks on the road to pay bills. What's a secure way to do it?


Only use secure connections for banking. If you feel better about it, use a national bank (like Wells Fargo, B of A, etc.) and go to a local branch to conduct business. DO NOT stay online at a Starbucks, Micky D's or any other public WiFi's for any length of time. If you have no other way, conduct your business, then log off immediately, when you are done. Use current software and keep your security updates current. Do not store account numbers, passwords, or user ID's on your phone/computer.

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Virtually all my bills are in some way automatically paid. Some debit from the checking account, some charged to a credit card. The only bill that is not on automatic are the infrequent ones, like a doctor bill that comes in the mail. And I use my cell phone as a hotspot to use the internet securely.
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Ron3rd wrote:

How do you pay your bills while on the road for an extended trip of a month or longer? We pay our bills online from home but are leery of say logging in at a Starbucks on the road to pay bills. What's a secure way to do it?


Use the secure hotspot on my phone. You don't need a separate hotspot device if your phone can produce one (at least for Verizon.)


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I use my bank app on my phone. But, most of our bills are set up for automatic payment


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Good info. Thanks folks.


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Online, we cut the home cords years ago. Verizon hot spot or cell phone hot spot, at home or on the road. Not concerned with someone using our WiFi, they would have to be close enough to get it's limited range and have the password.

And DTV DVR moved from home to RV, hence no cable.

But not off grid at home with utility power, water and natural gas.


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I use my bank app on my phone as others do. If data is not available I have used a library as most towns have one and they are pretty secure.

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As others have said, we put as many bills as possible on auto pay. We had a couple that we could not do that way, so I brought a few checks along with us. On extended trips, I bring a small laser printer so we can have hard copies of the itinerary that we make up the night before.


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VPN. ProtonVPN offers both a free, secure, untracked VPN and a several faster paid VPN services with added bells and whistles. Their iOS and Android apps are also very aggressive at keeping the VPN connection open while you are using it at one of those free WiFi hotspots that you find in Mickey Dees and elsewhere that go out of their way to disconnect and reconnect you.

Using either the free or paid VPN for almost everything is highly recommended especially when on the road.





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