As the world slowly starts to reopen since the Covid-19 Pandemic, many are preparing for the vacations they missed out on in this past year. With 71% of travelers using their smartphones when they travel it’s more important than ever to keep your devices secure while on the go. Whether you’re beachside for the summer or planning on cozying up somewhere chilly for the winter holidays, we have everything you need to know to stay secure while on vacation.
Keep reading for our 5 easy steps to secure your personal data and devices while traveling, so you can be cyber secure and enjoy a stress-free vacation!
1. Before your vacation even starts, be cyber aware
We saw a ton of data breaches in 2020 and the first half of 2021 – from hospitality like Marriott hotels to airlines like Easy Jet affected. From this, we see it’s very important to protect your information when booking flights and hotels for your holiday.
We recommend using a separate email address for the sole purpose of booking your trips, and if possible, a separate credit card as well! This way if your information is leaked in a data breach scandal, your primary email and financial information aren’t stolen.
2. If you need to check sensitive information (like your bank account) while traveling, use a virtual private network
Public WiFi at airports and hotels is not the most secure. A VPN will keep your online browsing and location private while you use public internet connections. This means that hackers can’t see your private information!
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3. Password protect all your devices
If you’re traveling with your laptop, tablet, or phone make sure they have a password that is unique and difficult to crack (no birthdays, or pet names!)
Add a double layer of security by enabling two-factor authentication on all your accounts. Two-factor authentication requires you to check a second device (like your phone) for a unique code when you try to access your account. This means that you will know if anyone tries to log into your account without authorization, and you can lock down your accounts remotely in the case of laptop thieves!
4. Have an up-to-date antivirus installed on all your devices
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5. Back up your important documents and images
There’s nothing worse than losing your valuable work documents, and treasured family photos due to theft, or a corrupted internal hard drive. This is why it’s so important to regularly back them up to an external hard drive. You can have peace of mind that your data is protected just in case the worst happens.
We hope these tips help you have a cyber secure, and more importantly, relaxed holiday. What tips do you use to travel cyber secure? Let us know in the comments below!