In a world where we are constantly connected, cybersecurity cannot be limited to the home or office. When you’re travelling—whether domestic or international—it is always important to practice safe online behaviour and take proactive steps to secure Internet-enabled devices.
Use these tips to help ensure your stay cyber safe while you’re on the go.
Before You Go
- Protect your devices
Whatever the device you’re using, make sure it is up to date with the latest security software, web browser and operating systems. Sign up for automatic updates, if you can, and protect your devices with antivirus software.
- Back up your data
Back up your important data to another device or cloud service in case your device is compromised and you have to reset it to factory settings.
- Keep it locked
Always lock your device when you are not using it. Set your devices to lock after a short time and use strong PINs and passwords.
- Double your login protection
If it’s an option, enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you.
During Your Trip
- Do not auto connect
Some devices will automatically seek to connect to any available wireless networks or Bluetooth devices. This instant connection opens the door for cyber criminals to remotely access your devices. Always disable this feature.
- Don’t trust public Wi-Fi
Before you connect to any public wireless hotspot, confirm the name of the network and exact login procedures with appropriate staff. Your personal hotspot is often a safer alternative to free Wi-Fi.
- Stay away from strangers
Cyber criminals use phishing tactics, hoping to fool their victims. If you’re unsure who an email is from do not respond or click on any links/attachments.
- Never click and tell
Limit what information you post on social media – from personal addresses to where you like to grab coffee.
- Stay with your devices
To prevent theft and unauthorised access or loss of sensitive information, never leave your equipment unattended in a public place.