By Arielle Mullen

Now that it’s officially summer, chances are there are at least a few trips planned in your near future. More and more people are bringing their tablets and laptops with them on trips, at least to stay in touch with their office while away. With that in mind, we thought we’d take you through our top tips for maintaining cyber security while traveling. 

  • Use a password on your device: And make sure it’s a strong one! Check out this list of 2015’s most terrible passwords for some examples of what not to do. 
  • Enable the failsafe options so that if someone enters in your password incorrectly 10 times, it will erase all the data
  • Beware of open Wi-Fi: It’s becoming increasingly common for bars, hotels, and restaurants to offer free Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, when a network connection is open to anyone, it becomes easier for people to steal your personal information. Beware of open connections, and never transmit any data you’d rather keep private. Sometimes people will name a Wi-Fi network something that’s meant to look trustworthy, so if you are using a network at an establishment, be sure to confirm the correct name and password of their connection before you log on.
  • If you do use an open network connection: Be sure to turn off file sharing and log the Wi-Fi connection as a public network.
  • Using public computers: Oftentimes a type of software called “Keylogger” is used to capture any information or keystrokes entered into a device. When using any device besides your own, assume any information you transmit could be seen by a third party. If you do use a public computer, be sure to clear the cache and login credentials after you’re finished.
  • Avoid using hotel-provided charging docks for your phone: Malware can be stored and transferred to your devices when plugged into these. Use your own chargers instead.
  • Update your antivirus software before going on any trips
  • Update any patches required by your operating system and applications
  • Learn your phone’s ESN: Writing down the ESN (electronic serial number) will allow you to more easily file a report with police in the event it’s stolen.
  • Consider downloading a VPN: Using a VPN (virtual private network) will keep you protected, no matter where you access the internet.  

There you have it, safe travels!

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