Whether you’re traveling to the islands for spring break, or preparing for an exciting European vacation this summer, it is important to stay safe — on and off line.
So pack that sunblock and remember these cybersecurity tips for a fun and safe trip:
Before Your Travels
- Update your mobile software: Keeping your devices’ operating system software updated will improve its ability to defend against malware.
- Backup your information: Make sure to backup your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data with another device or cloud service.
- Utilize the “find my device feature” on your devices: This will help you find your phone, tablet or laptop if it is lost or stolen.
During Your Trip
- Don’t auto connect: Disable remote connectivity and Bluetooth so that you only connect to networks when you want to.
- Think before you connect: Be wary of public wireless hotspots and use a VPN for extra security.
- Think before you click: Practice caution when downloading or clicking on any unknown links and delete emails that are suspicious.
- Guard your devices: Prevent theft and unauthorized access by never leaving your mobile devices unattended.
Common Cybersecurity Threats While Traveling
The most common threats to be aware of during your travels include:
- Unsecured wireless networks: These are not secure and can allow cyber criminals access to your internet-enabled devices. Unsecured wireless networks are typically public in airports, restaurants, hotels and cafes.
- Publicly accessible computers: Hotel business centers, libraries and cyber cafes usually offer computers that anyone can use. However, you can’t be sure that these computers are secure and have updated anti-virus software.
- Physical theft: Thieves often target travelers’ devices, so stay on guard and lock away devices when you leave your hotel.
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