Practicing safe cybersecurity whether you are traveling domestically or abroad, is important. Below are cybersecurity suggestions to help ensure your time away is enjoyable.
Prior to Travel
- Back up your information.
- Ensure your software is up-to-date.
- Remove sensitive data.
- If not already on your devices, install anti-virus or anti-malware software.
- Consider using a service that includes remote wiping and or locking in the event a device is lost or stolen.
- Ensure your devices are password protected with auto-wipe feature enabled.
- Avoid using airport or hotel Wi-Fi as it is a public network.
- If you must access the Internet using a public network, it is best to use a virtual private network (VPN) from a company you trust.
- If connecting to public Wi-Fi is necessary, avoid sensitive activities such as accessing personal or financial information, and anything that requires passwords or credit cards.
- Employ a strong password.
- As noted in previous articles, a strong password should include one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter, a special character, a number and be at least 12-15 characters long.
- Enable multi-factor authentication.
- If traveling abroad, use a different password or PIN number than what you use domestically.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Purchase a privacy screen to ensure no one can look over your shoulder and steal your information.
- Lock your device when not in use.
- Never leave your device, including USB or external storage drives, unattended in public places and your hotel room. Always keep your items secured.
- Limit what you post on your social media accounts.
- Disable the auto connect feature.
- Some devices automatically seek and will connect to available wireless networks. Instead, actively select the network to which you wish to connect.
Even though you practiced safe cybersecurity while traveling, your devices could still be compromised. Upon returning home, it is recommended to run virus and malware scans prior to reconnecting to your home or business networks. As an additional step, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) also suggests you update your security software and change your passwords.
Cyber criminals are constantly at work challenging you. A good cybersecurity plan is important to help ensure your connectivity while traveling is safe and secure.