Most hostels I’ve stayed at over the years offered free wireless internet in common areas. As great as that is, the network is hardly ever secure enough to carry out transactions for bookings etc. The same goes for hotels. And obviously cafés, too.
Here are some tips to minimise your chances of being subject to theft, fraud, and whatever else accompanies those two, from the Private Wifi website: http://www.privatewifi.com/ask-the-expert-is-it-safe-for-me-to-use-hotel-wifi/
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