Cybersecurity shouldn’t be limited to just your home, office, or classroom. When traveling it’s important to practice safe online behavior and secure your internet-enabled mobile devices. Individuals face more cyber risks when traveling and accessing the internet on the go. Nobody is exempt from cyber threats, regardless of if at home or while away. Here are some simple tips to follow to stay safe online when traveling.
- Update your mobile software – Always treat your mobile devices like your home or work computer. Update your apps and any operating system software to improve the defensibility of your devices against malware.
- Back up your information – Make sure you back up contacts, photos, videos, and other personal information to another device and cloud service.
- Keep it locked – Always lock your device when you are not using it. Even if you are away for a few minutes, someone can steal or destroy your information. Use very strong passwords and PINs.
- Stop auto connecting – Make sure to disable Bluetooth and remote connectivity. Some devices will automatically locate and connect to available wireless networks. Bluetooth allows your device to connect wirelessly with other devices, including headphones and automobile infotainment systems. Disabling the features will allow you to connect to wireless and Bluetooth networks you want to.
- Think before you connect – Before connecting to any public wireless hotspot, including airplanes, airports, hotels, train or bus stations, or cafes, always ensure the network is legitimate by confirming its name and exact login procedures with proper staff. Never conduct sensitive activities, including online shopping, banking, or work projects when using a public wireless network. When shopping online or banking, use only websites that begin with “https://”. A mobile network connection is more secure than a public wireless network.
- Think before you click – Be very cautious when downloading or clicking on any unknown links. Always delete emails that seem suspicious or arrive from unknown sources. Before installing an application, always read and understand the details of the app.
- Guard your mobile devices – Never leave mobile devices, including USB or external storage devices unattended in public areas to prevent theft and unauthorized access or losing sensitive information. Keep your devices secured when in taxis, airports, airplanes, and hotel rooms.
- Unsecured wireless network – Public wireless networks are sometimes convenient ways for people to connect to the internet, however, these networks are unsecured allowing cybercriminals access to internet-enabled devices. Public wireless networks can be found at airports, restaurants, hotels, cafés, on airplanes, and at public parks.
- Publicly accessible computers – Places including hotel business centers, libraries, and cyber cafés have computers that anyone can use. Travelers shouldn’t trust that the computers are secure because they may not have the latest operating systems or updated anti-virus software. Cybercriminals can infect computers with malicious viruses or install malware.
- Physical theft of devices – Thieves often target travelers. The optimum times for thieves are mealtimes, which allow them to check hotel rooms for unattended laptops. When attending a conference or trade show, always be alert. Thieves are likely to target devices with sensitive information and conference sessions allow more opportunities to access guest rooms.
With cybercriminals targeting travelers going on vacation or a business trip, it’s important for people and companies to remain vigilant of the current threat landscape and keep their mobile and computer devices updated to prevent data theft or cyberattacks. At SpearTip, our certified engineers continuously monitor your networks, whether you’re traveling internationally or locally, for potential cyber threats. Being proactive, while on vacation or a business trip, is the most effective way for people and companies to protect their data. The ShadowSpear platform, our endpoint detection and response tool, optimizes visibility and enhances user security posture to prevent cyber threats from impacting you and your business.
If your company is experiencing a breach, call our Security Operations Centers at 833.997.7327 to speak directly with an engineer.