We must not limit cybersecurity to the home or office. It’s also crucial to practice cybersecurity when traveling. Read on to see useful tips.
What The Statistics Show
The chances of your data getting stolen are the highest when you are traveling. A recent study shows that travelers do not take all of the necessary precautions in cybersecurity.
84% of business travelers and 76% of personal travelers connect to public Wi-Fi networks. Only 13% said that they never connect to public Wi-Fi. This is because many business travelers work while traveling, and they see connecting to public hotspots as a solution.
Meanwhile, figures also show that 79% of business travelers and 63% of personal travelers charge devices using public USB ports and charging stations. Furthermore, more than 1 in 7 travelers admitted to having their information stolen while traveling.
Tips How To Implement Cybersecurity When Traveling
The figures mentioned above just show that many travelers let their guard down when embarking on a journey. However, hackers see travelers as a great target. Follow the tips below to have strong cybersecurity when traveling.
Update to the latest security software
Manufacturers and developers regularly release security updates to the operating systems, web browsers, and security software. Ensure that all of your devices are updated before leaving your home. If possible, sign up for automatic updates. Moreover, install reputable anti-virus software and keep it updated.
Reset all of your frequently used passwords
Your passwords are the first line of defense against breaches. Avoid using easy phrases or numerical sequences. Furthermore, do not use passwords that are also answers to your accounts’ recovery questions.
Additionally, change the PINs or security box in your hotel room as soon as you arrive.
Set up temporary or “throwaway” accounts
This step is crucial especially if you need to use hotel business center computers or any computer that doesn’t belong to you. Such computers are clear targets for cyberattacks such as keystroke recording equipment and malware.
Bring a backup battery
Avoid plugging your device into anything – or vice versa – that you’re unsure about. Criminals may rig USB devices and power strips with malicious code. Bring a backup battery and your own charging brick.
Keep it locked
It’s essential that all of your devices are protected with strong passwords and PINs. Lock your device when you are not using it. Hackers just need minutes to steal or misuse your information. Furthermore, set your devices to lock after a short time of inactivity.
Disable auto-connect feature
This is a handy feature at home but risky while abroad. Cybercriminals use this instant connection to remotely access your devices. Thus, it’s crucial that you turn off this feature so that you must manually connect each time you connect to the Internet.
Never click and tell
Do not post your whereabouts on public social media accounts. You don’t want potential adversaries to know when you’re not home or where you’ll be. Wait until you return home to post about your travels so you can protect your assets and your loved ones.