16 Jul Don’t Let Fraud Burn Your Summer Fun – Summer Vacation Prep Checklist
You’ve packed your suitcase and planned your itinerary, but have you secured your devices? If you didn’t, you may unknowingly allow cybercriminals to steal your personal information while you’re enjoying your well-deserved vacation. In this day and age, bringing your devices with you on vacation is a convenient way to stay connected. However, using these devices abroad can make you a prime target for hackers. From unsecured public Wi-Fi to weak password protection, your exposure to potential cybercrime increases dramatically while you travel.
Next time you travel, follow these five pre-vacation tips to defend yourself from cybercriminals while you are away:
Wrap-up your banking at home. This tip goes for all internet tasks that handle sensitive information or involve downloads of any kind. It’s best to finish these tasks while you’re on your own WiFi. This step minimizes your risk of exposure to hackers on unsecured networks. If you think someone has stolen your bank account or credit card information, visit FraudSupport.org for help.
Be wary of hotel Wi-Fi. Hotel Wifi is targeted by data-thieves and hackers. Don’t let the password-protection fool you! Like on any public Wi-Fi, your connection at a hotel is not secure and can be hacked. See tip #3 for secure connection suggestions.
Consider a wireless hotspot or a VPN. We suggest leaving the laptop at home, but that isn’t always an option. If you’re planning on using the internet on your vacation, consider using a hotspot or a VPN to stay secure! If your phone is capable of generating a personal hotspot, this is a great built-in option. If not, you can purchase a mobile hotspot device separately. Another way to protect your security is through the use of a Virtual Private Network. A VPN offers you a secure connection and increases your online safety and privacy while using the internet. Check out our Individual Security Solutions to learn more about VPNs.
Update all software beforehand. Ensure that your software is current on all of the devices you plan to bring. Old software may have security vulnerabilities. If you haven’t updated your software, hackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to access your personal information.
Password-protect your devices. Be sure that your laptop, smartphones, and other electronic devices are password-protected before you travel. Strong passwords are your line of defense against potential hackers. Tip: use long passwords with a mix of lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers and symbols. Do not use and easily accessible information in a password, e.g.; birthdays or names. Visit www.ConnectSafetly.org for tips to create and manage strong passwords.
Check out these additional travel tips from NordVPN: