If you’re thinking of vacationing this summer, you may be more focused on the fun stuff rather than keeping your tech and data safe. Being on vacation increases some risks. Devices could be lost or stolen, you may fall victim to hackers or scammers, or you may not have the connectivity that you expect. We’ve put together some summer travel tech tips that can help!

 

1. Prepare your devices.

Install updates to help close vulnerabilities that hackers exploit to attack your device.

Change Passwords to avoid passwords expiring while you’re away.

Make sure you have a 2-step authentication provider, especially for international travel.

 

2. Connect Safely.

Do not use public Wi-Fi networks

Avoid using open Wi-Fi networks to conduct personal business, bank, or shop online. Open Wi-Fi networks at places such as airports, coffee shops, and other public locations present an opportunity for attackers to intercept sensitive information that you would provide to complete an online transaction.

If you absolutely must check your bank balance or make an online purchase while you are traveling, turn off your device’s Wi-Fi connection and use your mobile device’s cellular data Internet connection instead of making the transaction over an unsecure Wi-Fi network.

Assume your data on any wireless network can be monitored, and act accordingly. Use a VPN whenever possible, especially while on public networks and/or when accessing sensitive data.

 

3. Keep your devices close.

Do not let anyone else borrow or use your devices.

Do not borrow any devices (e.g. a USB drive) for use on your computer.

Do not install any software on your computer other than what your local IT department has put in place.

Be aware of “shoulder surfers” — anyone physically monitoring the use of your device.

Keep your devices under your physical control or secured in a proper location when they are not. Never check devices or storage devices in luggage.

 

If you have any questions or need assistance with your travel preparations, feel free to contact us!

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