How to Stay Cyber Safe While Traveling

April 7, 2023by TNTMAX

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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For more information on staying safe online call TNTMAX at (201) 891-8686, email us at [email protected].