Hopefully you have vacation plans for this summer. Unfortunately, more people than ever do some work on vacation. Surveys estimate are over 60% of Americans work on vacation. If you or your employees plan to connect with the office during your summer fun, review these cyber security measures to help protect your company’s network.
Top 12 Tips for Cyber Secure Traveling
1. Leave it behind – don’t even take your laptop or company-use smartphone if possible. Consider using temporary devices. Purchase a temporary smartphone or tablet. Use different passwords than on your normal devices.
2. If you really have to connect with the office on your device, have the latest anti-virus software and operating system updates on your device.
3. Encrypt sensitive data. Leave as much data off your device as you can. Temporary devices for travel only make it easy to just load what you need and encrypt the data that you have to take.
4. Don’t use public Wi-Fi spots. Lots of hackers use public spots to hack into devices. Consider a Mi-Fi. Get a portable personal Wi-Fi gadget and data time from a wireless carrier. Most offer a choice of plans.
5. Don’t use hotel or other public computers. Results of several tests show that these computers frequently have malware on them. You have no idea who used the device before you and may have added malware.
6. Use your cell service instead of Wi-Fi if possible. It is generally safer than Wi-Fi connections.
7. Don’t leave devices in the hotel. Take them with you or lock them in a hotel safe. If a criminal gains access to your hotel room, he can add malware in a minute and leave the device in place.
8. Turn your Bluetooth device off when not in use. Some devices allow for automatic connection which allows other Bluetooth devices to connect to your device without you knowing it.
9. Only charge your devices directly with a connection to an outlet. Don’t risk transferring malware from an unknown charging station or a computer. Be sure to pack those adapters.
10. Turn off auto location and check-in applications. Don’t make it easy for criminals to easily identify where you are.
11. Taking pictures is such a fabulous way to remember your fun and experience. But don’t post your pictures until you return. Help prevent any lurking criminals from easily tracking you.
12. Change your passwords when you return. If someone did access your devices while you were on vacation, reduce the potential for later damage by changing passwords.
Relax and enjoy your time away from the office. Being cyber safe can help reduce your worries.
If you are interested in learning more about cybersecurity as a career please visit: http://www.nationalcybersecurityinstitute.org/programs/