The peak of the summer season comes with a big uptick in travel. But, says Wombat Security Technologies, hackers and scammers don’t take vacations. Those planning summer vacations should take note of cyber security best practices, the tech solutions provider advises. Check out these Wombat security tips to stay safe while traveling:
* Leave data-packed business devices and materials behind whenever possible.
* Limit the credit cards and personal identification items you take with you; pare down to the things you know you’ll need. Before you go, make a note of what you have and any relevant customer service numbers. Store that in a safe place so you’ll have a quick reference in case your wallet is lost or stolen.
* Explore the possibility of using a disposable phone and laptop when traveling. This allows you to maintain connectivity without exposing the contact lists, files, and sensitive information that are stored on daily-use devices.
* Don’t leave your devices unattended in public, even for a few moments. It can be tempting to put your smartphone off to the side while you check your bags at the airport or to leave your laptop sitting on the table while you got to the café counter to get a refill.
* Keep your devices concealed, particularly when in a crowded place. Keep your smartphone tucked safely in an interior pocket of your jacket or bag when not in use, and consider using a wireless headset if you are “walking and talking.”
* Securely store your devices if you leave them behind. A hotel safe is a better choice than leaving items out in the open or barely concealed in a suitcase.
* Consider traveling with a personal hotspot. If you use a mobile hotspot leased from your service provider, you can be confident that you are getting a secure connection.
* Turn off automatic check-ins and location tracking. In this age of social sharing, people often think nothing of revealing their favorite haunts and places to visit. The problem with automatic posts is the lack of control. Before long, your routines and habits are spelled out for the world to see. Scammers and criminals like to tap into schedules because it gives them more information about who you are and what you do.
* Save the vacation posts until you’re back home. As with check-ins, the social updates you post while you’re out of town make it clear that you’re not at home. Though it’s tempting to detail your travels in real time, it’s important to consider the potentially negative ramifications of sharing this information.