Hacking Is Not Limited To The Corporate Arena
Since our business is exclusively dealing in the corporate arena, you may be surprised to be exposed to tips for the home environment. Well, not even the home environment, but for the travel season. Those of us involved in cybersecurity know that the criminals do not confine themselves to the corporate arenas. In fact, much of the information they gather that allows them to steal money and hack into corporate IT data comes from social media.
With that in mind, I’m offering tips to help keep you and those with whom you travel, be it family, business associates or friends safe during this busy travel and vacation season. Every person in the family is on the Internet pretty much 24/7. It is important to limit tech use while traveling for safety purposes. Nothing has the power to ruin a family vacation faster than stolen data, credit card info, or devices.
I am reposting the following tips from mcafee.com because they are absolutely right on and relevant to travelers. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure alone, in a group or as a family, the tips below will help to keep you from becoming a victim of the constant criminal trolling software. You’ll likely get home with happy memories.
- Keep devices protected and close.Device theft season is upon us. And, distracted vacationers are the perfect target. So, make sure your smartphone is password protected, security settings are tuned up, and screen lock is on. Keep your phones, tablets, laptops, and handheld gaming devices on your person or locked in a hotel safe when you are away. And, leave at home any electronic equipment you don’t need during your trip.
- Turn on Find My Phone.This is a bigger deal than you might guess. No one plans on losing a phone, but hey, it happens. Have the “don’t lose your phone” conversation with your kids several times but back that up by having everyone in the family turn on his or her lost phone app just in case. Consider an extra layer of protection on mobile devices with
- Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi.If you need to send an email, photos, or preserve your family’s data plan by jumping on the hotel’s public Wi-Fi while on vacation, make sure that Wi-Fi is secure and attached to a trusted source. Ask for the establishment’s Wi-Fi and log on to that exact Hackers can easily create fake hotspots (called faux towers) with similar names. Also, if you aren’t actively using a hotspot, turn off your Wi-Fi setting as well as “auto-join” setting so that your device is not visible to others. Consider shutting off your Bluetooth setting as well. To be extra sure of security, two tips from the Federal Communications Commission: While using a public Wi-Fi network, periodically adjust your phone settings to forget the network, then log back in again. And, if you want to assess the network’s security, try purposely logging onto the public Wi-Fi using the wrong password. If you can get on anyway, that’s a sign that the network is not secure. The best way to stay safe while traveling may be a Virtual Private Network or VPN. According to one McAfee study, when it comes to Wi-Fi security specifically, 58% of survey respondents know how to check if a Wi-Fi network is secure and safe to use, but less than half (49%) take the time to ensure their connection is secured. Be aware and don’t be in that latter percent.
- Keep software updated.Before you travel, check for any software updates on your devices. Updates often fix security bugs and seal up cracks in the system. Add another layer of protection by safeguarding your devices with
- Avoid accessing financial data.It’s a good idea to get your banking in order before you leave for vacation. Trying to move funds from one account to another or even check your balance can open you up to hackers if you have to do so on a public network. One of the most significant ways you can secure your family vacation is adopting a mindset of awareness. We get excited while on vacation. We want to send those pictures, transfer that money, or get that email out of the way. Very few of us — especially our kids — are concerned about cyber crooks and thieves trying to ransack our well-laid vacation plans. With a few extra minutes invested into your travel plans, you can thoroughly enjoy your family time. https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/consumer/family-safety/vacation-checklist-5-easy-ways-to-help-secure-your-familys-devices-when-traveling/