When travelling within the country or abroad, we find ourselves leeching or constantly looking for a free WiFi spot to upload those travel Insta photos whether you want to agree or not. Besides packing up all your travel essentials, downloading all the necessary apps, we must also be mindful regarding your device’s security. Not to sound so anal but having all your data stolen is a scary situation to be in, we couldn’t and wouldn’t want to think about it. All those pictures, security passwords, contacts? *shudder* no thank you!
To prevent getting caught in that situation here are a couple of tips to help you out during your next travel plans whether it’s for leisure or business.
Lock Your Devices
Packed touristy areas are hotspots for pickpockets and mobile device thefts. In case if anything happens, create a strong password or secure your phone with a fingerprint scanner across all your devices that you’ll be bringing along on your trips like a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. And use different passwords/passcodes for different devices.
Practice Good WiFi Hygiene
Public WiFi can be a godsend or dangerous thing. If you’ve got very important documents in your devices be wary when connected to free WiFi networks that you’re not familiar with. Have a look at your web browser and look at the URL address – https:// is good and http:// is not recommended. The https:// means your transaction is secured using SSL encryption. Also, remember to turn off your WiFi when not in use as hackers can easily find a loophole into your devices.
Turn off Bluetooth When Not in Use
Cyber criminals can also connect to your phone via Bluetooth. So don’t forget to disable it when not in use.
Avoid Charging Mobile Devices in Public Ports
Did you know hackers can also install malicious software on your device through charging ports? Yeah, we didn’t even know. Don’t just simply plug it unknown port, find a reliable charging station or invest in a powerbank for an easy portable charging option.
Back Up Your Data
Remember to always back up your data before going abroad. If in any case your devices get stolen or lost, just back ’em up in a non-internet based storage space like an external hard drive so you’ll still have all your data stored safely. Place the hard drive in a different location a.k.a not your laptop bag.
Install Anti-Virus Software
It’s best to install anti-virus and an anti-malware software, make sure to enable the firewall for protection. Keep all the software updated and running.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
The new iPhone X has Face ID, and most phones and social media accounts are requiring more than two ways to authenticate their users. Better be safe than sorry.
Encrypt Your Files
Why don’t you try encrypting your data, it allows you to have an extra layer of protection against cyber thefts. It basically means unauthorised individual won’t be able to view your data even if they break into your device.