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How To Be Safe Online When Traveling

Stay Aware, Stay Safe

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity while traveling is a source of much conversation in the cyber world. How to be safe when traveling should be top of mind whether you’re traveling within the country or overseas.

If you’re like most people you are constantly connected — whether through your phone, your computer or your tablet. Sitting in a local coffee shop, killing time in an airport or going online in a hotel requires you to practice safe online behavior. You need to take steps to secure your internet-enabled devices and you also need to not use the “auto-connect” feature on your devices. 

Cyber attacks are not limited to major corporations, you and your personal social media accounts, bank accounts, and other online profiles can happen to anyone, at any time. You need to #BeCyberSmart.

How To Be Safe Online When Traveling

Here are tips to protect yourself online before your travel

  1. If you will be online you need to protect yourself and your devices. The best defense against your devices being infected with malware or viruses it to assure they are all up-to-date with security software and operating system updates. Turn on automatic updates so you don’t have to remember to do it. 
  2. Back up all of your information before you leave. Financial data, contacts, videos, photos and any other device data should be backed up to a server, a cloud service or another device. If your devices and your online security is compromised and you need to do a factory reset on the device, you won’t have lost your data. 
  3. Lock your devices. All devices come with options for security. Enable more than one security measure — fingerprint, facial recognition, password (whether a PIN or password). Lock your devices when you’re not using it. Don’t leave your device unattended for even a few seconds. 
  4. Enable multi-factor authentication on your devices. This ensures you are the only one who can access your accounts. It may seem that multi-factor is a hassle, but you will welcome that extra step if your device is ever hacked. 
  5. Don’t auto-connect to available WIFI networks. Instant connections open the door wide to cybercriminals who can remotely access your device. You should be actively choosing the network to connect to. 
  6. Avoid using unprotected and unsecured public access points to go online. If you do go online in public, avoid accessing your bank accounts or any other platforms that require you to input credit card information or your passwords. Set up a personal hotspot to protect your private information. 
  7. Only use secure websites when you’re banking or shopping. A secure site will begin with “https://”

Many of these tips are common sense to those of us in the cybersecurity world, but it never hurts to reacquaint yourself with cybersecurity safety measures when traveling, or working from the local coffee shop. 

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