cybersecurity

10 ways to stay tech secure whilst travelling

cybersecurityKeeping safe whilst travelling is often a high priority, but people can forget to worry about their technology too. According to Business Reporter, a 18% of people are targeted for cyber crime whilst abroad – which shows you how much of an issue this is.
Here are some tips to help you protect yourself:

1. Only travel with the devices that you need
Don’t bring anything unnecessary with you to minimise the risk. Lock everything up in a safe place when you aren’t using it to prevent theft or loss.

2. Use a throwaway device for high risk areas
Research where you are going to see if it is a high risk area for cyber crime. If you discover that there is a lot of trouble where you are going and you need a device with you, get something cheap to use while you’re there, such as a phone or tablet which contains no personal or sensitive data.

3. Back up everything before you go
Use an App, such as SugarSync, to keep all of your information stored – ensuring that you don’t lose anything.

4. Keep your WiFi and Bluetooth switched off
Only use these features if you really need to because they make it much easier for hackers to access your information. Try to ensure that you have enough data in your package because that’s much safer to use.

5. Keep your devices locked
Use a password on your phone and other devices to prevent other people from being able to look through it.

6. Remote wipe your gadgets if stolen
Ensure that if the worst happens, and any of your devices do get stolen, that you can remotely erase all of the information from them. Check out this guide for an idea how to do this.

7. Encrypt all your information
Encrypting data is the best way to prevent anyone seeing it that you don’t want to. Try one of the free apps available, such as S.S.E. Universal Encrypter.

8. Leave some contact information on the outside of your phone
If you lose your device, you want the person who finds it to be able to return it to you. But don’t include an email address or anything that could help people access your information, just in case it falls into the wrong hands.

9. Bring your own charger
You don’t want to borrow a power source if possible, because it is possible for these to be chipped with malware devices.

10. Make sure that your security information is up to date
Before you travel, check that you have all the right antivirus software installed to protect you in the best way possible. It’s also a good idea to check on all your hardware and software, to make sure that you have everything you need already available to you.

11. Be careful what you share
If you use social media, be careful not to post where you are, or to use location tracking. Too much information can really cause you trouble whilst you’re away so be careful.

12. Carry your belongings whilst travelling
Make sure that your equipment with any sensitive information is in your hand luggage so that you can keep it with you.

13. Change your passwords before and after you travel
This is good to do as a risk management procedure, just to protect yourself in the best way possible. This is especially important if you have used the Internet on a hotel computer.

14. Don’t download anything
Don’t click on any links while you’re aware, unless you’re really sure that you can trust the source.

15. Use your common sense
The most important thing is to be more aware that usual about what is going on around you. You need to be extra careful when you are away, so bear that in mind at all times.

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