Tips to stay cyber safe while travelingby Bonnie Scott IT student
In this digital era, every move of our lives is "connected." Whether we travel for leisure or business, we carry a vast array of devices that are connected to the internet. As cyber crimes are growing across the world, we are always under different types of threat. Therefore, if we are not alert, we might lose the devices and all the sensitive data they contain. So, if you are planning a trip, leisure or business, make sure your devices are secured and protected from cyber threats.
Tips to stay cyber safe while traveling
Before the trip
Update all device software. This will protect the device from malware attacks. Update all apps you planning to use on the trip.
Back-up all your data. This includes contacts, photos, videos, and other personal information. Store the information in a separate device.
Clear cache and remove saved data from your devices.
Protect devices with strong passcodes. If you are carrying multiple devices, use unique passwords for each device.
Do no, I repeat, do not announce your travel plan on social media. If you must, limit your posts to persons who must know.
Book a place or hotel that has a strong surveillance system.
Keep all documents, e-documents and credit/debit cards in an RFID-blocking wallet.
While on the road:
Turn-off location service. Exposing your whereabouts might not be a good idea.
Do not allow your device to auto-connect with any available public network or Wi-Fi.
Before using your hotel's Wi-Fi, ask the desk about the security measures taken. Make sure you use the right access point.
Disable your Bluetooth.
Do not access online banking from any unknown/public network.
We recommend using a VPN service while you are traveling. VPN offers data protection by encrypting it. Tech Radar has a list of VPN service providers here. Take a moment to check these out.
Keep your devices in a safe place. Carry them safely. If you are going to the beach keep them securedly in the hotel safe.
Should you use a public computer?
Using a public computer for information is okay. For example, you might want to know about a particular place or show time. But it is very unsafe for any financial transaction. Do not log on to any site where your user id and password are required. Often, public computers are infected with malware, and your personal data could be compromised.
Security measures while traveling with kids
Are you traveling with kids? These days, kids access the internet, smartphones, and laptops. However, though tech-savvy, they are not aware of the dark aspect of the internet, where crimes such as identity theft, cyberstalking, cyberbullying, child-sex-trafficking are regular events. Before the trip, parents need to talk to them about cyber safety measures that are being taken. While traveling, they might feel bored and might want to play online games to have fun. Online games are played on mobiles or apps, gaming consoles, or tablets. Parents should keep watch on the type of games kids are choosing. Games that need credit card information or personal information or communication with unknown players should be restricted for threir safety. Games such as Pokémon Go and Wizards Unite require players to go outdoor. Playing this type of game in an unknown city might be risky. If your kids must play this type of game, make them wear a GPS tracker. GPS trackers are child tracking devices perfect for kids playing or partying with friends.
Staying alert about your online activities and device handling, you will be able to travel without any anxiety.
Created on Dec 29th 2019 17:41. Viewed 386 times.