Are you going on a vacation? Do you have to go on an important business trip? Or are you just someone whose lifestyle works around having to move from place to place? Staying connected and accessing the internet has never been easier, but you may also be at risk of getting your personal data stolen just as easily. Cybersecurity should be one of the top priorities for travelers and digital nomads. Knowing what to do when connecting to the internet while traveling is crucial to keep you and your data safe and secure. Here’s how to stay cyber safe while traveling:
Try Not to Use Public Wi-Fi
Yes, public Wi-Fi does exist to eliminate the inconvenience of not having mobile data, a portable hotspot, or a mobile Wi-FI device. It lets you connect to the web and lets you do your normal online activities just as your normal Wi-Fi does. But public Wi-Fi can put you at risk of becoming a hacker or cyber criminal’s next victim. Free public Wi-Fi networks provide little to no security. If you can, avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi altogether. However, if your only option left is to use public Wi-Fi, be careful not to disclose sensitive or extremely important information. Look for password-protected public Wi-Fi networks for the best chance of safe web browsing. Using a VPN also increases your internet security.
Avoid Public Computers
Just as how public Wi-Fi can be risky, using public computers can also put your private information in danger. When connecting to networks or using devices that aren’t yours, a good tip to follow is to assume that these things don’t have reliable security and are therefore unsafe. A simple browse to check recent news or to look something up should be fine, but try to steer clear of singing into your personal accounts. When surfing the web, only click on sites that have a padlock icon in the address bar or if the site address starts with HTTPS for worry-free web browsing. The padlock icon and the “s” in HTTPS means that the site is secure and encrypted for your safety. Use incognito if you can, and be completely sure you delete your browser history, cookies, and cache before leaving the computer. This will prevent anyone from tracking your previous activity, keeping your information safe.
Turn Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth When Not In Use
Turn on your Wi-Fi signal and Bluetooth connectivity only when you need to do so. This also goes for GPS, Airdrop, and other mobile hotspots. Keeping these features constantly on can pose a higher risk of having your device compromised. A stranger, especially those with not-so-good intentions, can easily gain access to your device. Similarly, your device also faces the threat of receiving unwanted files that could spread malware or viruses. Remember to turn off the auto-connect feature as well to avoid accidentally connecting to a public network when you didn’t mean to.
Use A VPN
As previously stated, using a VPN is suggested when you have to connect to a public network. When it comes to internet safety while traveling, a VPN will be your best friend. Hackers and cybercriminals may attempt to tap into the vulnerable network you’re connected to and steal your private information. Virtual Private Networks or VPNs offer you a secure network by encrypting the data you send and receive. There are many VPN options you can try, but most of these services are paid. However, spending on something that can give you the peace of mind knowing you can safely use the internet is well worth the investment.
Protect Your Accounts and Passwords
You’ve probably already been told time and time again to create strong passwords for your devices or accounts – and with good reason too. A password ensures that only you can access your accounts. Avoid using easy-to-guess passwords and use ones with a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Your passwords need to be complex, but not complex enough that you’d forget about them easily. A strong password makes it harder – if not impossible – for hackers to guess or steal your passwords. It’s recommended to change passwords every three months or so and not to use the same password for all of your accounts. If you can, don’t save your login information on any device that is or isn’t yours, especially when traveling. You can also enable two-factor and multi-factor authentication for even better security. This requires a few extra steps before you can log into your account, and it can be a bit more time consuming, but you can rest assured that your accounts are well protected.
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