The weeks before Labor Day are peak times of the entire year for family vacations. For many, that means taking along a laptop or notebook computer, and perhaps leaving behind an unattended computer back in the office.
Unfortunately, while businesspeople nationwide savor late-summer vacations, hackers work overtime to steal their data, infect their computers with malware and access their private information over public Wi-Fi networks. If like many workers you intend to tackle even limited company business while traveling, these threats can result in sensitive company data falling prey to the schemes of the unscrupulous.
Happily, a few simple travel security tips can help ensure your security doesn’t embark on holiday at precisely the same time you do. Use these strategies to protect all the mobile devices you take with you from encroachment via cybernetic subterfuge.
- Use your devices’ locking mechanisms. Locks available on most mobile devices allow you to remotely disable them by using a PIN code. Make sure this lock is enabled, in case you misplace or lose your device.
- Lock your computer at work to prevent unauthorized access. Ask a fellow employee to occasionally check your computer to assure it’s not being used.
- Practice Wi-Fi Wariness. Free Wi-Fi provided by a hotel or restaurant can tempt business or pleasure travelers. Too often, though, hackers closely monitor the networks hoping to hack into sensitive company or personal data. Never use public Wi-Fi to work on your company’s business.
- Avoid social sharing of location. Many people like to post photos and reviews on social media as they travel domestically and internationally. Hackers keep their eyes glued to these types of social media updates, enabling them to know when you’re away from the office or that a hotel room is unoccupied and ripe for invasion.
Along with updating passwords, operating systems and using the latest anti-virus protection, these steps can help ensure you savor a safe, secure summer sabbatical.
What’s your favorite security step while traveling on business or pleasure?
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