Summer is the busy season for avid travelers – the kids are out of school, vacation time has piled up and trips to the beach are the order of the day. However, if you’re planning on some fun in the sun (or even if your summer trip is for business), you might forget to think about cybersecurity as part of your preparations.
Hackers are aware of significant spikes in travel that happen during the summer months, as well as around holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thus, they try to exploit vulnerabilities that travel tends to introduce. It’s up to you to keep yourself protected from these hazards.
To help you get ready, here’s a short list of cybersecurity travel tips to keep a personal breach from spoiling your fun – or worse, your business.
Cybersecurity Travel Tips
Take a pass on public Wi-Fi and shared computers: Public networks are a favorite hangout for data thieves. Without encryption, it’s easy for even unskilled attackers to gain access to your data. Some hackers, using sophisticated tools developed over the past few years, will log your keystrokes to discover passwords or download your data to their devices.
A few to-dos to combat this? Make sure your device does not automatically connect to public networks. If you have a mobile hotspot available to you, use that (provided you have it set up for encryption, with password protection). By the same token, opt out of using the hotel lobby computer if at all possible. If you must use it, take what precautions you can, such as using private browser tabs.
Turn off Bluetooth: The ability to wirelessly connect to your devices is a great convenience, but it can open you up to a breach. If you must use Bluetooth connections in the course of your day, make sure to disable Bluetooth when you’re not actually using connected devices.
Keep business and personal computing separate: If your trip will include pleasure and business, make sure to keep them separate – and bring both personal and work devices. Yes, it’s tempting to lose a few luggage pounds by using one device for all your computing needs, but it can make your data more vulnerable and open you up to bigger headaches should your device be breached.
Get your device travel-ready: This includes running updates on your hardware and software, making sure your antivirus program is running, and turning on password protection. Configuring your technology ahead of a trip can get you out in front of some of the latest hacking advances.
Don’t overshare: It’s exciting to let people know – whether it’s on social media or other online venues – that you and your family will be vacationing. But doing so also broadcasts that your home is unattended; not exactly information you want to be made public. If you want to share details of your trip, consider posting photos once you get back home.
Lunarline can’t manage every aspect of your personal cybersecurity when you’re traveling, but we can keep you educated. We also can get you and your organization updated on the latest cyber protections and procedures.
To learn about how Lunarline can help you, contact us today.