How to keep your data safe during the holidays

Product: How-To By: Richie Brody Created: (27,12,2021 at 14:31 PM)

Although you may want to rest and relax, any holiday can turn into a nightmare if you're not careful. Just because you're giving up a job, doesn't mean you're getting cybersecurity best practices. Travel also allows you to discover new weaknesses. You can protect your personal and online data throughout your trip with the following simple precautions.

Always use a VPN

Whether you're using airport WiFi or connecting to a hotel hotspot, VPNS not only keep your data and browsing history secure, but also keep track of your favorite TV shows at home by circumventing geographic restrictions. VPNS encrypt all your online communications, no matter which WiFi hotspot you're connected to, VPNS encrypt your connection to prevent intruders.

Monitor your connection

Public WiFi, while convenient, is also unsafe, especially in airports and hotel lounges. You will disable automatic WiFi connectivity on your device and only connect to WiFi networks that you have verified as legitimate. If you don't use it now, your Bluetooth and file sharing services should always be turned off.

Check your device

Traveling with your device can be a pain, but if you're out in public, you shouldn't go without someone to look after your device. Bring your laptop into the cafe bathroom and you'll get some strange looks, but it's better than breaking or having your device stolen.

Reduce your use of social media

Sometimes they don't need to hack someone's device to know exactly where they've been, where they are, and where they plan to go, because they share those details on social media. If you share too much information on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, you can set a timeline for burglars by telling them that your house or apartment will be empty and unattended. Also, don't post visible details on your boarding pass.

Treat a public computer like a public bathroom

Use only when needed and only when absolutely necessary. Many hotels and hostels provide public computers for guests. Although they can save lives in an emergency, don't overuse them. They're less likely to be protected, so they're more likely to be full of malware. If you have your own device, avoid using a public computer altogether. If you need to use a public computer, use it where you must. All personal information, login details, browsing history, no access to any private or sensitive accounts.

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