Headed out of town with a smartphone or laptop? Practice device security to prevent an unwanted “splash” on your vacation.
If we could guess, you’re planning a spring break or summer trip this year, and you’re bringing your tech with you. Whether it be an iPhone, tablet, or laptop, don’t forget to pack your charger AND your device security street-smarts for the journey.
1. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Connecting to a VPN is important when traveling. A VPN encrypts your data and also hides your location, protecting your information and exact IP address from potential cyber threats. Popular VPN services include Nord, Proton, Atlas, and Express. If you’d rather hire someone to find the best VPN software and install it for you, a managed IT company is the right choice.
2. Use Strong Passwords
A strong password is the best line of defense against unauthorized access to your devices. Try to use complex phrases of at least eight characters, including a combination of letters, numbers, and special symbols. This best practice extends to your digital accounts, too.
3. Provide Security Updates
Ensure that all of your devices have the latest software and security updates. This helps protect your device from vulnerabilities or known bugs.
4. Use Two-Factor Authentication
Use two-factor authentication when logging into apps or accounts. This may look like using a password along with another form of authentication, such as a code sent to your mobile device or to an authentication app.
5. Don’t Connect to Unsecured Wi-Fi Networks
Avoid connecting to public or unsecured Wi-Fi networks, as they may leave you open to cyber threats. If you must use a public Wi-Fi network, use a secure VPN connection.
6. Backup Your Data
Before leaving for vacation, back up all of your important data in case your device is stolen or lost. Services like OneDrive or Google Storage are relatively inexpensive if you prefer a cloud-based backup solution, which we recommend.
7. Password-Lock Your Devices
According to a McAfee 2022 report, only 56% of parents protect their smartphones with passwords or passcodes. And only 41% have followed suit with password-locking their children’s devices.
Cybercriminals have a taste for tourists who leave their unlocked devices sitting around. Per the FCC, 40% of theft in American cities involves cell phones. Traveling across the ocean? You may have a 28% higher chance of device theft in Europe.
With that said, always put a password, passcode, or biometric lock on all phones, laptops, and tablets in the event your device is snatched or lost.
Achieve Device Safety Even While Traveling
While on vacation, be smart. Avoid unprotected internet connections and try not to use a communal computer (e.g., a hotel lobby PC). Also, take device security precautions before you head out on your adventure.
Update device software, scan for malware, turn on two-factor authentication for your accounts, back up your device’s data to the cloud, password-protect devices, and consider downloading a VPN.
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