Cyber security threats are a mere mistake away for most travelers and techy adventurer seekers. Those business trips you take can be a risk for your professional and personal life because unscrupulous individuals can hack your sensitive data on your mobile devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
Below are eight cyber security tips worth considering for your next travels, whether for business or holiday.
1) Lock Devices Down
Most laptops, smartphones, and tablets are equipped with security settings like fingerprint ID, PIN, face recognition, and more. It is best to use these settings, ensuring they are active on all your portable devices when traveling. Also, change your passwords and security codes regularly.
The security measures in your devices will be the first line of defense that must be breached to gain access if your devices are stolen, or you forget or misplace them.
2) Avoid Using Public Wi-Fi
Cyber security laws and regulations differ from country to country, even though they also share some commonalities. That means, much of the security protocols used in the U.S. will not be the same are those found in other countries. Public Wi-Fi is often free, and such access can be appealing when traveling for business or leisure. However, free Wi-Fi access leaves you vulnerable to security threats.
Therefore, inquire if the internet provider uses an encrypted internet network. That means it is best to exercise some caution when using internet access at free Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, and cafés. Also, experts advise against accessing your accounts and sensitive data when traveling and using free Wi-Fi access.
3) Disable Auto-Connect
Your smartphone, tablet, or laptop might have an auto-connect setting that lets it connect to open Wi-Fi networks within range. It might seem like a nifty feature when using it at home or the office, but it poses significant risks when traveling abroad. Therefore, it is best to change this setting or turn it off…