It’s officially summertime! It’s time for barbeques, pool parties, and most importantly, vacations.
But did you know that vacations can often put your information at risk? It’s true. If you are not careful about how you prepare to leave or what you share on social media, you can put your data in the hands of hackers.
So, before you catch that plane, it’s critical that you secure your devices before leaving the office. Here are five ways to ensure your data stays safe while you’re traveling:
Finish essential internet tasks before you go.
Vacations should be comfortable and relaxing! Download all the movies, music, and books you’d like to have access to before you leave for your trip. We also recommend you conduct all necessary financial transactions on your home network. Besides, it’s no fun to think about money while you’re taking a break.
Install passwords on mobile devices before leaving.
Most mobile devices these days require passwords, but just in case yours doesn’t, you should make sure your phone has password protection enabled. Passwords are your first line of defense in protecting your data from thieves.
Don’t broadcast your vacation on social media.
Never announce your departure or vacation dates on social networks. You’re telling the world that you’re not at home and some criminals could take advantage of your empty house. Post all your pictures after you get back from vacation. If you want to keep your loved ones updated on your whereabouts, we recommend you text them your photos instead of using social media.
Only use password protected WiFi.
This tip is critical, especially if you’re traveling abroad this summer. Other countries don’t have the same regulations on public WiFi as the US. Protected WiFi found in most hotels will be your best bet.
Leave devices in your hotel room’s safe.
This rule should go without saying, but you really should not leave these things lying around your hotel. Better safe than sorry.
Lastly, make sure you enjoy your vacation!