In a world where we are constantly connected, cyber security cannot be limited to just the home or office. When you are traveling, whether domestic or international, it is always important to practice safe online behavior and take proactive steps to secure Internet-enabled devices. The more we travel, the more we are at risk for cyberattacks.
Think about these simple traveling tip to keep you safe:
- Stop auto connecting. Some devices will automatically seek and connect to available wireless networks or Bluetooth devices. This instant connection opens the door for cyber criminals to access your devices remotely.
- Stay protected while connected. Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot, such as at an airport, hotel, or café, be sure to confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff to ensure that the network is legitimate. If you do use an unsecured public access point, practice good Internet hygiene by avoiding sensitive activities (e.g., banking) that require passwords or credit cards. Your personal hotspot is often a safer alternative to free Wi-Fi. Only use sites that begin with “https://” when online shopping or banking.
- Play hard to get with strangers. Cyber criminals use social engineering tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you are unsure who an email is from, even if the details appear accurate, or if the email looks “odd”, do not respond and do not click on any links or attachments found in that email. When available use the “junk” or “block” option to no longer receive messages from a sender.
- Never click and tell. Limit what information you post on social media, from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee. What many people don’t realize is that these seemingly random details are all that criminals need to know to target you, your loved ones, and your physical belongings, online and in the real world. Keep Social Security numbers, account numbers, and passwords private, as well as specific information about yourself, such as your full name, address, birthday, and even vacation plans. Disable location services that allow anyone to see where you are and where you aren’t at any given time.
Guard your mobile device. To prevent theft and unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your equipment—including any USB or external storage devices—unattended in a public place. Keep your devices secured in taxis, at airports, on airplanes, and in your hotel room.